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A little while back I asked about streaming TiVo content to the Revo. I just saw on one of the deal sites that Nero was selling their "Liquid TV" product for $35, which is TiVo software for Windows, and includes the Hauppauge 950Q ClearQAM-compatible USB stick, a TiVo remote, IR receiver, and 1 year of TiVo service. I'm not hopeful about the TiVo experience with this because it has tons of negative reviews on Amazon (and I suspect that they're now ridding themselves of the product altogether, so I'm not optimistic about future software updates), but the consensus seems to be that, if nothing else, the 950Q tuner is a bargain at $35.
Anyways, if the TiVo software *does* work OK, one of the features that it seems to offer is MultiRoom viewing. So I can have my two HD TiVos record my shows, then use the bundled software to stream them to the Revos. Of course, I'd need to figure out a semi-seamless way to swap between XBMC and the TiVo software. If I just wanted to use it for that, I wouldn't even need to make use of the 950Q tuners.
I'm unsure if the included TiVo remote/receiver is compatible with MCE or is essentially identical to a normal TiVo remote. If the former, it could make for a nice XBMC remote. If the latter, I believe that it would only be usable within the included TiVo software. But, if I decided that the TiVo software was worthless/buggy and just wanted to use the 950Q with other Windows DVR software, I could probably sell the remotes to some TiVo owners and recoup some more of that $35 investment.
Note that this includes 1 year of TiVo service. After the first year, assuming you still wanted to use the TiVo functionality, you'd need to spend $99-129/year. I'm guessing that's $99 per Revo, which would probably be a deal-killer going forward, even if it worked great.
Oliver, I believe that you mentioned earlier in this thread that you were using a tuner with your Zotac box, but also had previously used a 950Q. Do you think that the single-core Revo would be up-to-snuff to record shows using the 950Q? I suspect that recording high-def over-the-air or Clear-QAM should be doable, since it doesn't "interpret" anything and just writes the data to disk, but that recording analog cable shows might be problematic since it has to do an analog to digital conversion on-the-fly, which might be too much for the Atom CPU. But perhaps there are some Windows DVR solutions (e.g., Windows 7's build-in Media Center functionality) that would offload that to the NVIDIA ION GPU?
I'd much rather watch a great movie in B&W at 240 lines of resolution than a lousy movie in 1080p with lossless audio.