We don't use the Regza that much. It's not in our main living room so I don't play with it too much. Your own issues with that model may also be responsible for the config issues i have been having.
In the past I used VDR on an SUSE distro with a couple of cable tuners as our main TV appliance/provider.
Working on configuring softcams for VDR was my hobby of choice but work took priority and i had to let it go.
Just playing for a few days has started to bring back the intricate and diverse structure of the Linux file system which i am beginning to enjoy again but that is and always was down to the community spirit/input.
I think i'll stick with LMCE for a while. I have today tested the disk-less media director using a couple of spare laptops so i am now looking for a nice small/quiet box(diskless) that i can pop under 4 tv's(looking at the Zotak boxes, any thoughts!!).
We have used PS3's for streaming media for the past few years but having to keep tweaking Twonky Media player on our freecom NAS and the Cinavia variable has made this a major pain for me as I don't watch that much tv i just do this for the family.
Also to be honest i like the concept of LinuxMCE for the same reason i liked Pluto the first time i saw it.
Thanks for the help so far.