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The HDHR is a network device. As such it's not unreasonable to think there's going to be NETWORK set up. Anyone with more than one PC behind a broadband connection will be likely to have everything necessary. Yes, if you want to connect it directly to a single PC you'd have a bit of fiddling to do. But if you're plugging it into an existing network it should be a no-brainer. I plugged mine into my switch, installed the software on my Media Center 2005 PC and it "just worked". Now I get dual tuners for OTA HD recording.
The streaming to other PCs is indeed a bit of a hassle. But for what I use it for, a MCE tuner, that's not needed. I have no need to watch live TV from my other PCs. When the MCE records something I can just use regular file sharing to get the file over the network and play it back. Works great.
Frankly, I prefer tools that don't reinvent the wheel, badly, with their own mish-mash of crappy software. The TV tuner programs that come with most of the video cards are a complete waste of time and disk space.
So while I agree multi-PC streaming from the HDHR does take effort, the rest of it does not. Plug it in, install the software and go.