Cableco went digital here, so they forced my hand. Replays would stop working, so I had to go to plan B. I had been considering Windows Media Center for some time, so I went ahead and built one.
I highly recommend looking hard into a Media Center configuration. Tuners are cheap, so it's easy and inexpensive to replicate what you have--and you can buy/install multiple tuners, so it's easy to build a four tuner box. Shoot, you could build an 8 tuner box--four analog and four digital (clear QAM) tuners, if your cableco does clear QAM.
This gets you going. If you want, you can expand your horizons and add a CableCARD tuner such as the Ceton, so now you can get the encrypted tier from your cableco for about nothing. My cableco charges $3.50/month for the cableCARD; I plug it into my own Media Center box, and that's that. My total outlay for the original standard basic (the old analog) lineup, the new digital basic lineup (both lineups include HD for no extra charge), and 15 megabit/2 megabit broadband is $80.
Yes, $80/month. It's so cheap because I'm using my own hardware, and not multiples of their $13/month horrid boxes. I have one box that's recording up to 6 streams simultaneously, plus I'm able to stream that to my other two TVs using Media Center extenders. And where else will you find 2TB (or more) of recording storage?
In other words, I have built my own whole house DVR with 4 full lineup streams via cableCARD and 2 additional clear QAM streams (standard def only) via a Hauppauge tuner to get the original 70 channel lineup.