I'm on comcast, with a HDHomeRun Prime (two, in fact). All of the clients are Intel boxes, in mini-itx cases that support power on/off via IR remote. Everything is
hardwired to a gigabyte switch, running 1Gb between everything.
We use MythTV, with OpenElec/XBMC or minimyth, running into a 5tb drive array. We don't care about HBO, Showtime, etc. etc. Everything we want, is available on node
in the house (that includes tablets/phones, if we want it..) After about 18months of use, we have about 3TB of shows recorded.
The pros to Myth are:
- Commercial skip works. Too bad Comcast encodes/broadcasts using a variable bit rate MPEG, otherwise comskip in XBMC would work there too.
- Several clients, including upnp/dlna.
- MythTV Setup took about 1/2 hour. Biggest part is making Myth is set for a network usage, not localhost.
- You'll get a $2.50 credit.
- The second cable card is $1.10
- No HBO, Cinemax, Showtime (they are really too expensive for what you get.. take the money and subscribe to AmazonPrime and/or Netflix)
- No OnDemand (but you can use the website for that.. bleah.)
- Comcast will still charge you $10/month for HD (depends on region, I'm told)