Well, I have finally got my MCE installed in the living room and for the most part working. I have been using Sky+ for a while so that is what I am comparing it to. I think Sky+ is great, about the only thing I woudl add to it is the ability to share the recorded programmes through the house. That is where MCE comes in, along with sharing my music. The things that I am not too pleased with: MCE doesn't turn my sky+ box on when it starts a recording - I'll obviously need to get in the habit of never turning it off. The wireless keyboard / mouse only work when I drag the USB box half way across the living room. I can't get 5.1 to work. I have exactly the same speakers (creative inspire digital 5700) in the study and it works fine, both machines have a Audigy 2 of some description. The closest I have it working is all channels but the rear 2 working in the Creative Speaker settings dialogue. The sounds doesn't seem quite right, seems quite "boomy" or fuzzy. Possibly jsut need to fiddle with the settings. The sounds is not properly in sync with the video, I have sound / audio going into the tuner card and coming out of the audio card so wired up right. Doesn't seem to be any way of handling widescreen tv's. I can't see the top and bottom of the screen. most of the time this doesn't matter. Woudl be nice if you could change the resolution to work on a widescreen tv. I can obviously turn my widescreen tv to 4:3 format to get round this though. The machine is quite loud (it's an HP media PC m1107.uk). I have ordered a new case fan and CPU cooler form quietpc which I hope will fix this. All in all it's really not much of a competitor to Sky+. Hopefully I'll be able to get it set up properly to overcome most of these issues but it is certainly not just a plug and play type box like it should be. Eventually I plan to get a 2 tuner tv card to replace the one that is in there. Not sure if the sound problem is with the tuner card or with the sound card. Would very much appreciate some feed back on some of these issues.