Got; Kids room TV, DVD player, my Sky. Note that I pay $15 a month for Sky but no channels, just the ability to turn on Sky when ever I want it, haven't, but appreciate recording on my Sky with EPG. I own the My Sky box.
Want; 2nd TV in the grown up lounge (I'm allowed access), connected to the Sky dish to save the install cost of a UHF aerial, and an ability to record TV program's with series link therefore EPG. Also want EPG for Prime, which rules out TiVo according to these learned forums. I want to do this cheaply but without any serious capability gap.
Reluctant; To pay sky $25 for a second decoder, which would total $35 a month without any Sky channels.
I see a Panasonic 250 Gb DVD recorder ($400) will record TV programs, onto the Hard Drive and from there to a DVD, that would be cool so you could take programs away with you. So I guess that that would need a Freeview receiver ($100)? But there is a second screen outlet on my Sky box. Can't I just cable that outlet to the 2nd TV or would that be 20m of expensive cabling?
There are so many hardware options and each major store chain has kids trying to answer my questions when they should be concentrating on their pimples. Unfair I know. In all a minefield I'm stuck in!