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In order to see all the channels (including those marked as copy-once/copy-protected), your only choice is WMC. All other software only allows you to watch copy-freely shows/channels.
For recording and watching TVs only, i3 is more than powerful enough.
As for Ceton or HomeRun Prime, it depends on your preferences.
Pros for Ceton: tuners can be packed inside the PC. 4 tuners per card. Your home networking and PC NIC card has no impact on the tuner function.
Pros for HomeRun Prime: Tuners and TA (which is 10 times larger than the tuner) can be located in a closet out of sight as long as you have a network connection out of it. Can be easily shared by multiple PCs.
Cons for Ceton: In order to share the tuner on the network, the host PC must be on. You must have coax outlet near your PC and the TA must be plugged into your PC.
Cons for HomeRun Prime: Can be problematic if your home network and PC's NIC is not up to task. Only 3 tuners. Firewalls and routers can impact on the function of the tuners.
To share recordings between TVs, your best bet is WMC extenders (like XBox 360s) which allows you to share everything, including those copy-protected recordings. With PCs, you can only share copy-freely recordings. Copy-protected shows can only be played back from recording PC.