I have to admit that I'm assuming your Irish tv is pretty much the same as British tv, which I don't know that it is.
You do get freeview over there, yeah? That's not meant as patronising as it probably sounds.
Not being able to record two channels is a bit of a bummer. Most PVRs will let you do that, while also being able to watch a recorded program. But it's still a nice piece of kit. Probably the main bit of non-gaming kit that's made me interested in a PS3. Also unsure about HD channels, like BBC HD, but I don't think they're broadcast over airwaves and think they've gone to that freesat thing. Not sure.