xrichx saidIt's not that I don't like Boxee. It has a lot of potential. But the main drawback for me about Boxee (and XMBC) is that it lacks DVR functionality. I dumped cable years ago. But I still watch/record over-the-air DTV.
MediaPortal and MythTV both offer DVR functions. And they both keep getting better. I'd say MediaPortal is a very good emulation of MCE. I just wish they had a Linux version. I think it's dumb that it runs on top of Windows. It makes sense for XP, since MCE was sold separately. But now that MCE comes bundled with Vista and W7, I don't see why anyone would bother installing MP.
The other thing I like about MCE is that I can take the recorded shows and transcode them into other formats, either to archive them or dump them into my MP3/video player. The only thing I don't like about MCE is the codec support. But then again, that's what VLC is for.
I heard rumors that Microsoft will be licensing an embedded version of MCE. If that rumor becomes true, I think Tivo will finally die.
In my experience getting MythTV to play nice with remotes and the cable box never was a success. With the DVR functionality non-existent Boxee just works. Of course it's possible to simply use another piece of software to transcode stuff but I think the idea is, "don't transcode, just watch".
Now that they've made a deal with http://www.brightcove.com/en/
and then possibly making an iPhone app out of it, there's no need for the transcoding step.
It's hard to believe Tivo looks like it is dying!