I like this Recorder better (purchased in 2014) than the 2-tuner USB unit (used since 2012). Both units work fine (MS updates and cable partner are weak links - and some messing around with setup happens over time). Both units require a cablecard from the cable company ($2 per month for card vs table top box for TV @ $6/month - my cable fees). All the premium channels you subscribe to are available to record. If you use Windows 7 or 8 the Media Center will use a tv-guide like tool to schedule your programming (Internet access required). If you use Windows 10 or Macintosh a $10 add-on tool (software) is required, and you will need to manually setup the recording schedule (does not update off Internet). If you like HD TV you will want large hard drives. (4330 hours of standard TV or 640 hours of HD TV fits on a 6TB hard drive.) Media Center can record a 1 hour HD show on single layer DVD (4.5 GB) media. It does take about 100 minutes to burn a DVD. (I have done it, but I just purchased more Hard Drives - Notebook with Thermaltake BlacX Docking Stations eSata, 2TB max, or USB 3.0 Dual, no Max size, work nicely.) Note: if you are a satellite TV subscriber: these are not the units you are looking for.