We've gone through about 6 DirecTV and Comcast Tivo SD boxes in as many years, the boxes slowly degrade with freezes, etc. At least with Comcast, the box is rented and they have to replace them.
We're ready to upgrade (finally) to an HD monitor, and might as well consider building our own Windows-7 based DVR - i'm okay to rent the comcast cable cards.
My understanding is that it should be possible to get the opensource equivalent of
Tivo including Netflix and internet TV/movies (WMC & Netflix).
And then all i'd need is an HDMI monitor and audio, and could get additional features like additional monitors in other rooms to play the same DVR repository (with additional video cards).
THere's no use in getting a TV tuner card as i understand it, because our comcast is digital, and we cannot get anything over the air since stations went digital.
I must be searching ineffectively, i can only find years-old discussions of this subject.
Does anyone have suggestions? I've very comfortable building PCs from bare components.