Zeke, don't know if you are still following this thread, however I am considering switching over to Surewest from DirecTV and currently use W7 Mediacenter as my DVR program. Do you know if IP channel changing is possible with the Surewest mediaroom 2.0 set top boxes (or if not if there is another more reliable method than IR). I am also very intrigued by your post discussing bringing the IPTV signal right into mediacenter. I found a mythtv forum that discusses how to potentially do this, but have no idea how to do this for mediacenter under windows.
Also, does anyone know if you can get just a HD receiver without the DVR functionality and or the requirement to pay the DVR service? I'm going to be calling them soon to see what I can find out so far as the cost and availability of programming and receivers.
Any info you or anyone else could share would be appreciated.