Guess I didn't think about taking the drive out of the box
This would be an interesting concept. If someone would write ( or has someone already written) an interface for linux that would make this a good multimedia box independent of the satellite service, but still remote control friendly. I guess you could also build it with the capability to have a USB keyboard/mouse and use it for a smokin' multimedia desktop machine. Could it be used for a video editing terminal?
Now you've got my imagination running. Too bad I don't have one of these boxes!