I've been an HTPC user over the last 10 years having gone through a hacked TiVO, NextPVR and for last 6 years Win7 MCE which has been fantastic and reliable. The PC hardware is giving me some grief so I'm considering my options and am considering a Freeview|HD Recorder rather than buying a new PC.
Our biggest priorities are:
- High Definition
- Recording of TV programs (dual tuner a must)
- Playback of various recordings from my media library (x264, MKV, MPEG files mostly) - Can these be saved locally?
- Ease of use (for the family)
Nice to haves would be on-demand services such as TVNZ, TV3, NetFlix, Lightbox along with looking at photos from our digital library and the ability to install a bigger hard drive.
The relatively new T2200 looks like it would fit the bill but may not met the Reliability and Ease of Use requirements from what I've been reading.
Could I please have some suggestions on the best set top boxes I should be looking at?