for what it's worth, I've been using a HD-PVR for several months now, and after the initial fight to get it going, it's been fantastic
many many moons ago when Max was new, it was very easy to get straight capture into a PC
now you need to do a little bit of trickery
easiest way is to do it (and undetectable at far end) is to leave the STB on the same switch as your PC, and use VLC to join the stream that the STB is pulling
You still need to use the STB to make all the channel changes, but it works 100%, and is undetectable from the far end
it still involves an IR blaster, but no tuner required
Last edited by 57; 2010-04-03 at 01:12 PM.