One should have access to any encrypted digital channels as well as analogs and ClearQAMs. I intend on blocking out all analogs and focusing on an HD line up. I'll only add SD channels that don't have an HD equivalent.
I plan on making Caller ID on TV work with plug ins and a modem.
I can live without Start Over & Look Back as well as the loss of VOD & PPV. We stopped ordering PPVs when the prices became too high. $5 a movie and $50 for an event? They can keep them. I'll add media browsers and links for online VOD as well as plug ins for Netflix and Amazon.
Oh yea. The PPV events for sports are completely out of line. $60 for most boxing matches now, $50 for Wrestling. The movies at least by comparison in going to the theater are still $1.00 to $5.99, depending on if the release is new or in HD. Half-price offers and double features are available quite often from TWC here. They do a good job with VOD, but even after you burn POS TWC Navigator, you should still be able to order and watch VOD through other streaming options. I even like free Hulu even though you have to contend with commercials.
Oh yea, and Direct TV on special events charges $10 MORE just for HD! So it is possible to pay $70 for a PPV. Robber barons!. TWC tried that when HD first came out, but it was received so poorly, that they charge the same price for special events PPV's whether in SD or HD..
Ben in your case, the use of Windows Media Center sure sounds like the way to go! Pumping that in to all the TV's. And yea, I heard that Caller ID on TV can still be accessed with special software.