, AndyC wrote

@BitFlipper: I think we're on the cusp of moving away from the "you have to record X shows at once" and, indeed, away from the idea you have to record shows at all. There really isn't any reason that a 'recorded' show can't just be pulled down on demand from some server without the messy business of decoding and saving the stream on-the-fly.

well there is the way that the cable companies and content owners pick and chose what shows to offer on-demand and for how long. as long as they do that then the end user need to be able to record the show so that they can view it when they want and not have it pulled off the cloud by the cable and content folks.