Originally Posted by avken
....As for the HDHomerun box, I plan to only use one PC to record all my shows and have it probably running 24/7. My other PC wont even have a tuner card, so I don't see as much benefit from the HDHomerun box....
I'm a bit confused on what you're saying here. I think you may have misunderstood what I was talking about with the HDHomerun. If you use the HDHomerun, it's not attached to any of your PCs. It's a network attached tuner. Think of it like a NAS, but instead of storage, it's TV tuners. Only one tuner can be access at any time.
The part about needing two HDHomeruns was more about your wanting to be able record both OTA and cable. The current HDHR3 only has TV input, so that box will either have OTA or cable, not both. It was possible to have both with the HDHR2, but it doesn't have a cablecard input. Even if you got one of each, none will still be tied to any one machine. Although in that case, you would have five tuners, and need that tuner mod for Media Center
If you are going to keep your machine on 24/7, you could consider the happauge four tuner card that also accepts a cablecard. I've read on here you can share tuners through your network. I think you may have to assign tuners, rather than having it just grab whatever tuner is available. It's very well regarded TV tuner card. They have a USB box one too, but in that case, I'm not seeing much benefit over the HDHomerun, other than maybe the number of tuners.
And really, unless you have some unique situation where you can't run cable into your TV, or your TV is too old, like my old TV, you're not really going to be using the PC to watch live TV. My old TV predate QAM and ClearQAM so it wouldn't pick up anything straight from the pipe, unless I wanted to use other inputs, which was limited to 480i analog. I could only get HD ATSC, ie OTA signals. Thus, the pc will be more to watch the DVR recordings. Thus, maybe the number of shows to record at the same time may be important. I've run into situations where I did need to use PC to watch live TV, but it was because the coaxial cable was disconnected because of remodeling work in that room or something.
I don't know about remote DVR recording or so forth. I'm sure there is something for MC to do it. I only record a couple shows. With that, it's watch and delete. And the shows I do record, are only because I can't get them on something like Hulu, or I want the better video or audio that streaming isn't able deliver.