Also, can I pull the shows off of this thing onto my computer? I assume it does since the pdf brochure lists the recording formats and a usb2 connection. I just wanted a confirmation from someone if possible.
Otherwise, thank you. If it does what I originally posted about, it looks like just the thing that I might want to look at. Like I said, I don't want to deal with the cost and hassle of building a computer and having to run through the bullshit of installing mythTV. Maybe if it was a basically one-button install process, I would think differently, but it's not even at a 1.0 release, so there's always a gotcha somewhere (such as hardware compatibility) that takes hours to solve. And even then, there are things that happen even when it's beyond a stable release.
It looks like this thing has controls on the box itself, too, unlike tivo where you need the remote or you're sunk. I learned a long time ago to buy things that you can work fully from the front control panel, like a vcr or tv that has menu controls on the front panel, because you will inevitably misplace the remote and want to set something up but can't without the remote.
One last question, are these available anywhere in the US (by that I mean, not internationally shipped)? All that are available here in stores are tivo boxes, which sucks ass.