Thanks quantumstate. As I am cramming hectically for an exam (I was hoping to be better prepared at this stage
) I can't get too into this, but will do from Sunday (day after exam). My feeling is that you are right, but that is disappointing. I just don't get, as I am sure everyone on this forum has heard a thousand times, why a decent all-in-one prebuilt consumer product isn't out there already. Smart TVs have PVR capability (to external storage, I could live with that) but none have dual or tripple tuners - that's ridiculous!! Dual tuners are not expensive to manufacture, surely no more expensive to fit than single tuners and unlikely to be any bigger... so why not install one. And now that people have been used to watching one channel as they record another (for a long long time now), anything less is a step back and so largely negates the point of featuring PVR in the Smart TV. What I mean is a user would end up paying for a feature they won't use because they will just go and buy an external PVR and record everything on there. Ridiculous!!
Secondly, the web browsers on Smart TVs and PVRs are not interactive --- yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn!
So, HTPC it is. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of hit and miss in this option hence my posting this thread. With a Smart TV or consumer PVR you can send it back if it doesn't perform. You build your on HTPC and, apart from being way more effort, you might not be able to send things back quite so easily. I can tinker and faff around with all this, but I am not really an enthusiast and would rather not.
Anyway, that is my rant over, won't do it again. I will get on the HTPC route and refer to the silentpcreview articles as I go. I will surely have some questions along the way, and would be most grateful to you and everyone else on avsforum.com for any support you may offer.