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You could always use a old Windows 7 PC and add a tuner or 2 to use Windows Media Center. If tweaked right, they do make a great DVR.
1. An old PC (as long as designed for Windows 7), a tuner (or 4), and a WMC remote kit (under$25 on ebay)
2. Free Guide data
3. HDMI, Component, S-VIDEO, or even composite video is possable depening on the video card you have.
4. Supports OTA, cablecard or other formats (depending on tuner)
5. More than 4 tuners is possable (registry hacks will alow 30+ tuners if NEEDED/WANTED)
6 Custom guide data and tuner managment, use one Attenna for a few channels, use another one for other channels and combine them in 1 guide.
7. DVR storage is up to how much space you want to add
8. Interface has options for FM radio, Movie Libray and even 3rd party addons to put like youtube and other things.
9. A internet connection IS required for guide data.
WIndows Media Center was designed for single core/dual core CPUS (Windows 7 release), so it does not need a high end PC to run.
If you wanted to TWEAK your setup for what channels you get, Windows Media Center with a good tuner can be a very powerfull system.
It would be a PC so there is always little things to them but, a good solid system backup and disable all updates....stays working rock solid.
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