Well, I’ve done it. Over the weekend I ran to the store and picked up a Hauppauge pvr-150. Followed the Ubuntu guide Chris from the Linux Action Show mentions and had a backend only setup working in about an hour. Still learning how to get certain things to work, most importantly commercial skipping. Also still need to figure out a decent front end solution. Last night I downloaded knoppmyth which booted up fine on my laptop and was able to communicate with the backend server and I was able to start playing recorded shows, but I had no sound. So for the time being I’m just downloading the recordings via the mythtvweb interface and watching in mplayer. Cool stuff!