The free Lite version would actually work just fine for pretty much anything you'd need to do to look at the stream. http://www.tsreader.com/tsreader/TSR...ite2.8.46g.exe
As far as a receiver goes, almost any PCI or USB receiver that supports Windows Media Center should work fine. Despite that, avoid the ATI and some older Pinnacle receivers, as I know some people with them and they have had trouble or an outright inability to make it work. I'm also not a fan of Hauppauge receivers. If cost is a major concern, there's a USB receiver on eBay for $17.95 (AVerMedia) which I've used extensively as a cheap throwaway to mail off to people on loan. It's not the world's most amazing tuner, but it gets the job done in places where one is simply looking at local stations and not trying to DX with it.
As for recommendations, I like DViCO, I like SiliconDust's HDHomeRun line, I like the Artec T18AR, and there might be a few others I can't think of at the moment.