SurfaceCleanerZ arleady mentioned what are the usual use cases for VDR. You could use already proposed options and I'll add another one, add xineliboutput plugin and connect to local VDR with vdr-sxfe. All of them work but are a little bit clunky to use, if TV watching is not the main thing You do on Your PC.
And there's a solution (buzzword!) for Your problem, install kaffeine. It's not on par with features that usual Windows programs You used have, but the basics are there. There's fine YouTube video from Hauppauge which illustrate how to set it up. Good luck.