So I did some some research on Tivo and Tivo-like options, when I was totally blown away by SnapStream's current offer.
Very nice remote, free shipping, hugely discounted DVR software, decent entry-level capture card and lifetime subscription to TV listings for $100.
And this can all be hooked up to more TVs, computers, &c. And it looks like it might expire today. But I imagine if you ask nicely on the phone or something, they'd honor it tomorrow.
As geeky as I am, I am just not looking for a MythTV hobby right now. And SnapStream appears to be a company that actually gets it. For example, software features a la carte, active and fun company blog, support for the developer community (e.g. NetFlix plugin), and most importantly, give your customer a satisfying experience by meeting their needs simply, elegantly and affordably.
Here's a 5 minute demo: