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I'm like you guys, I would like XBMC or Plex to get something to handle this over MC. MC is ok as a DVR/Live TV software. It doesn't blow me away, but does work. My assumption was more they could try to reverse engineer something to learn how it works, and then maybe come up with a solution that would work. I figure the powers that be figure it'll just make it easier to steal or share copyrighted material. There may be some truth to it, but I don't think it's being that successful as it stands now.
As for other software, the other companies that are out there could try such as SageTV or EyeTV. I'm sure there are other commercial DVR software out there. The good thing about MC is it is back by Microsoft. Not that I think MS is that great, but they are a large enough corp that they have the power to negotiate to get this stuff out there, which at leasts, opens the door, which could bring in more consumers who want this stuff from the equipment and software they prefer to use.
On a side note, Anyone have Plex and tried playing encrypted QAM channel recording from MC? I know Plex can play ClearQAM channels, which I don't think, at least for Comcast, have restrictions to the recordings. I don't remember if I asked in another the came up about Plex and MC. For some reason, I want to say it doesn't. For my personal use, it doesn't really matter because I don't plan on getting anything beyond basic limited cable again.