I just added a Hauppauge HVR-2200 (EU version of their HVR-2250 dual tuner card) to my system. The package does not come with the MCE remote controller, IR receiver or IR emitters though I think I have the option to get them as an add-on for another $56. Is there a way I can control the features in Windows Media Centre (Win 7) without purchasing controller pack?
I do have a Logitech Harmony 525 programmable remote but I'm not sure how I can get the TV tuner to receive it's commands.
Also, I currently don't have a cable set top box (using OTA antenna now) but may subscribe to cable in future. I understand that to use the TV tuner with an STB you need to have the IR emitters/IR blasters. In most MCE controller packages, the remotes come with not just the IR receivers but also the emitters that connect to the receiver itself. Are there alternatives to this?
Lastly, I'm considering getting BeyondTV or SageTV as a replacement to Windows Media Center. I found the Win 7 MCE interface quite okay, but would prefer my recorded TV in a non-proprietary format. For those of you who have used both, which do you prefer and why?