I'm a recent transplant to the TC's and because of a few factors, I had to cancel DirecTV and go with Comcast.
Although DTV's DVR's have room for improvement, they are far better than Comcast's. I feel like a Windows 7 user who has been forced back to Windows 3.1.
Anyway.. This morning I had a Eureka! moment and remembered that I can get Cable Cards. I switched from Cable to DTV back in 2007, so I'm pretty far out of the loop regarding the options I have..
From what I can tell, one option is a Tivo box. The S3 just came out when I went with DTV, and I remember that it was ahead of the pack with things like multi-room viewing, Tivo-to-go, as well as playing music & home movies over your home LAN..
I also remember that there are Cable Card tuners that you can put into a PC for use with Windows Media Center (or other software). I've built my own computers for years, and I've always kind of wanted to set up an HTPC so that's definitely a feasible option for me. But I seem to remember that Cable Cards were only approved to be used on certain HTPC's sold by Dell or HP, and those were ridiculously over priced. Has Cable Card opened up to homebrew PC's yet?
The only special requirement for me is that I use my laptop to watch NFL game rewind and NHL gamecenter live on my TV via HDMI. I'm pretty sure these would be no problem with the HTPC setup, but what about with Tivo?
Any other thoughts about the Tivo or Cable Card HTPC options? Are there other options that I'm not thinking of?