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I agree with sentiment with many the of the posts here. Cost savings is more on your time horizon you're planning to be without cable/satellie service. You're doing to have initial costs setting up to cut the cable, such as TV turner, antenna, or PC and peripherals. It's not hard to spend a thousand or more if you don't have extra equipment around. Never mind if you're looking a specific features that run up the costs such as PC with smallest foot print, blue ray drives, and so forth. Then you have compare how much you're going to save versus the costs. For me, if I remember correctly, I didn't go OTA, but to limited basic. I had already subscribed to Netflix and Hulu Plus, but still factored it in as well. My calculations showed it would take me about eighteen months to recoup my costs before I started saving money. My cable bill went down somewhere between fifty to seventy dollars.
I know if I cut my limited basic TV service, my bill will go up ten dollars for the internet service, which I used way more at that time when I did TV. Even more today. Internet can provide all kinds of sources of entertainment.
As for the HDHomerun, it fairly easy setup. The big thing, make sure you get the right one. The HDHR3 and HDHR4 are not interchangable between ATSC (OTA signal) and QAM/ClearQAM(cable). Yes, connect it to your network. Download the drivers from Silicondust. Run the setup so it will scan what channels you get. For Media Center, go into TV setup, have it detect your tuners. It will do another scan for your channels, based on Silcondust's scan. Then will download EPG data. Then just pick shows/episodes to record. Can pick channels to watch. It's easy. Takes about twenty to thirty minutes to setup. Scanning and dowloading takes the most time.
I haven't used XBMC's DVR software. But Media Center is easy enough to use. There are plenty of useful mods you can look up and find.