Well the dual tuner card came back eventually. It had to be re-posted as the courier lost the first return. Anyway it’s all working now. I’ve successfully performed a 6 tuner simultaneous recording earlier this week, so we shouldn’t miss any shows now!
I’m using a piece of software called GB-PVR, available from here. It’s main “selling” point is that it works with the Hauppauge MVP device, which basically mean for a small cost (£40ish) I can get the full user experience on any TV in the house. That is if i have CAT5 cabling near-by.
Next on the list is to set up a backup system, I’m currently looking at setting up a FreeNAS based system using one of my spare Mini-ITX boards and some spare hard drives I have lying around.