10.04 hardware documentation is still sparse (unless I'm just not looking in the right place) so it's hard to tell how new is too new. I was hoping to find an HDMI-capture card (AverMedia AVerTV HD, maybe?) but I wasn't sure if it will do the job. If there are no good HDMI-Input options, I can easily settle for other input connections, as long as they support HD content (some coax inputs will carry HD.) but HDMI is clearly the preference. I have AT&T Uverse, so a tuner card directly from the wall isn't an option.
The video capture is the only piece I am missing ahead of the install, and nothing is "latest and greatest", so if I have more "proven" options under 8.10, I can still go that route. The long-term plan is to bring in as many as 4 STB inputs to a separate core, but for now I will have the single hybrid to learn on. Any suggestions will be a great help, as I am trying to do this the right way, and am hungry for any knowledge available.