Set top recording box MPEG 2, or 4 with Airport & Digital sound out & in.
So the set up would go like this:
You can record a TV show at anytime, no subscription.
Airport used to transfer MP3's to the box, and from (like making the sound from a TV show into a MP3, or grabbing something off whatever is hooked up to your sound system)
Can play quicktime files (what you send over with airport)
Can transfer video capture to your mac (airport)
of course airport might be to slow so a gigabit ethernet port too.
Darn was I wrong...