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Pros: No cable box rental
Every computer on the network can watch TV
Ability to have a central DVR
Cons: Cable company a little ignorant of it so getting a card is can be a runaround.
Cable company ran out of cards
Other Thoughts: $130 is an inexpensive solution for such great upgrade of your integrated home media.
This is a perfect solution for not having to pay for set-top boxes.
No need to buy extra small TVs for bedrooms b/c the kids have laptops
Windows Media Center (WMC) is quite nice although it was a paid upgrade for WIndows 8.
With 5 people and recording happening, the 3 tuners may not be enough so I may get another HDHR. Unfortunately, WMC only can see a max of 4 tuners.
The two Macs in the house can connect but the freeware software doesn't have a channel guide. I'm a mac hater so I haven't tried very hard on that.
I also don't like iTunes so I was happy to start using WMC for music playback so now all of my media is one-sourced.
Without a doubt, this is the best upgrade to my network in the last year and it's actually paid for itself already by elimination set-top rental. No-brainer.