One popular option for those who have Windows XP without the Windows Media Center has been GB-PVR. It was a nice program once one got past setting up the electronic program guide (EPG). That little step made it unlikely that a non-techie would find it attractive to use.
For reasons sited in their forum, GB-PVR is dead. Long live N-PVR. For those who like to customize and code plug-ins or simply have access to cool plug-ins, the forum promises that plug-ins will be given freedom to control just about everything. For those who hate setting up an EPG, you can watch TV now without one.
Watch this blog for a potential test drive in the near future.