We have been involved in Windows Media Centre hardware and software since digital TV first came to Cairns. Public TV is an utter pain to watch UNLESS you have full control over how you watch it and when you watch it.
There are many PVR's (personal video recorder) on the market but none as awesome as the Media Center software built into Windows 7 Home Premium and Ultimate.
Windows Extender - the best way to run a Media Centre system is to use the Xbox 360 as an extender and a PC as the Media Centre 'server'. The Xbox is a rock solid device perfect for the living room and you can plug it directly into your amp via an HDMI cable.
Check out these pre built Media Centre systems here and let us know if you want some advice or a quote on a custom built system.
Phone Carl on 07 4019 6108.