Turn that extra PC into a power windows DVR machine!
Do you have an extra PC lying around? How about turning it into a badass DVR machine? DVR stands for digital video recorder. Forget Tivo, forget DVD recorders, forget VCR’s. The beauty of your own personal DVR is that you can tell it to sync up with the web, and record tv shows that you want!
There are a bunch of open source programs to help you manage, like mediaportal is one. Sage TV and beyond tv are programs you have to pay for, but they do an excellent job also.
Go to this link at lifehacker that goes more into detail about turning your PC into a DVR machine.
Good read for techies.