Originally Posted by Charles R
Almost any PC comes ready to DVR... throw an HDHomeRun on your network and about 30 minutes to configure MC and you are good to go. If you want bonus points throw in a Harmony remote. Now of course one could pay someone to setup such and I even think such is offered in the HTPC forum via Remote Desktop... although frankly if you can't handle the 30 minutes (running through the Wizards) you won't be able to handle MC down the road... so you're better off not getting started.
Read my signature thread and you'll be ready to roll... if you run into a bump someone here will put you right back on course.
And that's just the thing, it seems so easy, but I don't need the DVD burner and other stuff. It's not going to save a lot, but it takes a $380 Dell and then adds ~$189 for the Ceton tuner and makes it a $550 or above DVR in a HORRIBLE looking chassis and still only 500Gig. I mean its ok, it works, but for a basic dumb DVR I'm surprised a big name hasn't dumped out a cheap ~$300 system with no optical drive and stuff and then just let you config which hard drive size you want...
It's doable, but that puts you damn near the TiVo 75 Hr model with life time, and dead simple and rock solid TiVo features and usability.
I totally would be more open to the expensive hardware & cheaper TiVo service!! The hardware could always be found cheaper on the used market or passed along in the family but the service would feel like on going savings VS paying $200 a year or something to record some TV shows that you already pay for AND not being able to save them on DVD officially or transfer them to a new/larger TiVo in the future...
I'm almost thinking of an Intel Next Unit of Computing and adding an external Ceton and making due with the ~120gig SSD for a small and near silent DVR. But then I'm looking at like $600 for what, 45 Hrs of HD or something? But at least it's small, could be easily hidden, and would be almost silent when turned on.