If all you're looking for is a media center setup that you can record and archive your satellite TV. Choose Windows Media Center...
If you want to learn l how to use Linux and eventually expand the system to include other functions them try LMCE but, understand this is not exactly plug and play.
Windows MCE -
Pros -Records TV - Archives Movies - Better plug and play hardware support - Stupid simple to setup
Cons -It will never let you have the freedom using Linux allows - Windows itself tends to be unstable - It costs money
Pros Records TV - Archives Movies -Controls your Security System - Home Automation - Controls your home network - Free
Cons - Somewhat sketchy hardware support - Some features are difficult to setup