After having successfully converted my PDA into a portable video player I became increasingly annoyed that my TiVo was utterly incapable of allowing me to tack TV programs with me. So in order for me to have the video to nullify the increasing boring gaps between my classes I need a TiVo alternative. The "Remora" will effectively be used to suck my favorite TV shows off DirecTV so I can burn them onto CD from another machine, or compress them for remote playback on my cheap PDA. Here's the meat of what I plan to do. I decided against fabricating a case from scratch due to both my schedule, and the environment in which this machine will be operating. I need something that can withstand abuse and dust so a clear case just doesn't fit the bill. And don't bother recommending that I hack my TiVo, because it's not really mine. The Case ITX-PG Falcon 120W Mini Tower Case # Mini-ITX Tower/Desktop Chassis # 1 Low Profile Slot for low profile add-on card # 5.25" Bays (exposed) x 1 # 3.5" Bays (hidden) x 1 # 2 Front USB ports # Flex ATX 120W PSU # Dimensions: 10.24"(D) x 5.31"(W) x 11.75"(H) The Hardware + Pentium 4 2.4c + ?mb PC2700 DDR RAM + 40gb main Hard drive + ?gb secondary drive + 802.11g + Undecided Low-Profile TV Tuner card I will probably be running Media Portal as the front-end. This machine will be a dedicated file host and PVR, but probably won't serve any other functions for a while. Plans 1. Convert the Optical drive tray into a CPU intake duct so that the entire case will be cooled with a single quiet 120mm fan. 2. Cable sleeving 3. UV and Red lighting 4. Variable fan speed control 5. Integrated RF remote control At the moment I'm collecting hardware and measuring the case for modification. Nothing is finalized at this point except the motherboard and CPU. Does anyone know of any software or HTPC front-end than will automatically recompress videos into two sizes?