@beige tricky question 🙂
First thing that comes to mind is a digital tuner in a small media center pc but I don’t know how that can be made simple. Windows Media Center does include a PVR function as to whether it can be transferred and viewed else where I don’t know, seems it records in a special wtv format. Boxee can play the wtv files but there seems to be issues with it. There’s a guide here on how to automate the conversion of the file to an MP4 but I think the file size could end up being huge.
I’ll keep diggin
Edit: how’d i manage to get this funky format on the reply?