To elaborate a bit: it would be nice to introduce listeners to DVR packages such as:
Snapstream Beyond TV: http://www.snapstream.com/products/beyondtv/
Sage TV: http://www.sagetv.com/sagetv.html
Disclaimer/Note: I have no vested interest in these.
I personally am very interested in this area, and I suspect others would be too, since the very obvious trend of late is to bring media into the livingroom. Specifically, it would be interesting to discuss the differences between the packages. Tivo is very nice, but currently there is no way to play Tivo files in real-time via a LAN or on other TV's in the house in real time. These products offer the possibility of having a single media server record all your shows and supply an entire house in real time.
(p.s. I'm the one who left the phone message a while ago about Windows being unbearably slow.)
1: loss-less audio encoding formats
2: "Media hubs": boxes that sit on top of your livingroom TV/audio system, and promise to bring everything to you at the click of your remote.
3: how to best store video(s) on a server for delivery via media hub