I know what a lot of you are thinking about SageTV 2.0: “Why would anyone pay for PVR software when there is an abundance of solid free and open source PVR / HTPC software available?” There are many compelling reasons to choose a free and/or open source PVR solution, and being the cheap bastard that I am really hadn’t given SageTV much thought. That is until I heard a rumor that the beta of SageTV2.0 supported menus/OSD through the Hauppauge WinTV PVR350’s TV out (you can read my review of the PVR350 for the full skinny on why this is so important). When SageTV 2.0 went out of beta and was available publicly as a 15-day trial I gave it a shot. I was so blown away I had to get my copy registered to continue to use it after my trial expired.
That’s right; Captain Frugal of the USS Cheapo is using commercial PVR software… Read on to find out why the change in heart.