Thanks to all!
I suppose the key words I should have stressed were “when she gets home from work” (2nd shift). An antenna won't do as the shows have to be recorded. Since I'm not ready to chunk down $300 for a Channel Master DVR just for her bedroom (or $500 for a TiVo setup) I was hoping for a watch-next-day solution as described here by AeroR1 on his Boxee Box. Have to wonder if his wife can still catch GH now that Boxee Box has been forced to remove standard Hulu.
It's interesting to see how many people are trying to extract some small bit of fairness (and value) from cable and big media companies. I certainly don't mind paying for services rendered, but this current situation is ridiculous. No point to rave here, would just be preaching to the choir, I suppose.
So I guess, for now, for Christmas I'll at least swap HBO for a one disc Netflix subscription. An XDS for the wife will be a good introduction to some alternative programming and a couple of HDs for my teenage boys will let them finally get some hi-def shows on their little 720ps.
The PS3 can earn it's keep in the LR.
They can all fight over who watches Netflix, and when.
Which leaves me with one final question that you guys with some experience in this could help me with. I'm currently paying for a 5meg service. Hard wired, computers in each room are reading 14 Mbps. Am I lucking out or, once again, getting screwed?