I'm in Australia and apparently you can get Foxtel (cable tv) on Xbox. I was wondering if the Xbox would be able to record programs onto it's harddrive like a pvr and then how hard/easy would it be to transfer these to a pc?
There is no app that is currently available on the Xbox 360 that lets you record shows to your Xbox 360. It WAS a projected feature back in 2011, but its been slow to develop and for now its only IPTV which for Verizon Fios, Sky TV, or Foxtel in your case,
you can stream live TV, but not record it like a DVR. Cable companies would lose lots of money over it and would probably then block IPTV access to your Xbox 360 all together.
And transferring it to PC, that would be even harder since the Xbox 360's Hard Drive is formatted differently than a PC.
If you have a pvr with analogue (the red/yellow/white plugs) or hdmi input then you can attach your xbox into your pvr and record to your pvr's hard disc. Of course if you use the analogue input then you only get analogue quality not HD. Now that you
have the program on your pvr many pvrs have a function to transfer to an external drive so you can use that functionality.