Renojim, now that you mentioned the spoilers thing, it makes sense to me. While watching one game, they do announce scores of other games, so if you watch one game and record another, you may know the outcome before the first game is done and you can watch the second. Unfortunately, a TiVo or cable/satellite-provided DVR are the only options I know of that can do this, short of recording both games.
... the hassle of setting up and deleting recordings.
You lost me there. I realize the PHD-VRX isn't much help for what you want to do (since it doesn't let you start watching until a recording is done), but I don't need to "set up" a recording in advance on my trusty old DTVPal (I'm assuming it's typical) - I just hit the "record" button. And as soon as I'm done watching, I'm prompted to exit, delete, or watch again. Switching between two active recordings would be a hassle, but starting or deleting them is no hassle at all.
... building my own.
That's what I did: built a PC with Win 7 and WMC. Even got in just under the wire on the Win 8 Pro and WMC upgrades, although I'm still using Win 7 (I have the HDD with Win 8 set aside for now).
But even that option is getting harder. Win 7 is getting harder to find, and most PCs aren't sold with Win 8 Pro, which you need for the WMC upgrade.Edited by JHBrandt - 6/14/13 at 1:07pm