MediaPortal TV Server - I use this because it's the only stand-alone TV server that supports the Hauppauge Collossus (thanks to Wile), and because it's analog capture device support in general is very good. MythTV does support the HD-PVR, but in my experience it is something of a chore to set up and keep going, particularly when it comes to external channel changing. MePo's TV server supports plugins, one of which is IR Server Suite, which is the best/easiest remote addon there is.
For The Record - I use this because it adds a laying of scheduling, conflict resolution, and searching that Media Portal (and many other PVR's) lack. It also has one of the best web interfaces out there.
XBMC - I prefer this in general as a front end. I will say that the PVR portion isn't quite up to the Media Portal/For the Record client combo, particularly when it comes to timeshifting, but it's getting there.
I also run Plex Media server on my Synology box, for the sole purpose of providing remote streams to my iOS devices, something it is very good at.
(2012-04-26 17:33)TRiddle Wrote: I've been playing with it lately, doesn't seem all that rough (thus far...). You actually answered a question before I could even ask it: I was really curious as to why you were running both Argus and MediaPortal TV server instead of just MediaPortal, considering you need the colossus support. Now I know =) And yes, my fingers are still crossed about FTR maybe giving some deeper consideration in to supporting the HD-PVR/Colossus analog front, but until that day comes, I'll be mirroring your setup exactly.
They've been somewhat ambivalent on the analog card front; I've asked many times Remember, it's not just about supporting analog devices, they also need to provide a way to send channel-change commands to external devices. Easiest way for them to do that would be to do what Media Portal does and integrate with IRSS, but FTR doesn't have a plugin architecture that I am aware of.