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No, it's entirely doable. However, know that you may encounter problems that could be difficult to resolve (either now or in the future). Fortunately, you're in the right place for cut & paste jobs of various package system errors...
I say go ahead with it if you're not afraid of having things break temporarily.
if you see the sources.list in debian it has either main, contrib,non-us or non-free packages,the sources for ubuntu comes under warty packages, not supported by debian. Hence if you try apt-get install it wont work.
well, one of the mythtv's on the machine was compiled from source (not trivial - takes longer to compile mythtv than my kernel), so i don't think it could be de-apt'ed. (how much does 'make clean' of a compilation from source remove - there would appear to be alot of changes to many files it would have to take care of)
Plus I like a nice clean machine. I am getting good at wiping at and starting fresh (not a trival execise to put Debian Sarge on an AMD64 box running NVIDIA video card & mobo).
I am running Sarge on a Sempron 2800. Very easy install. Haven't done the NVIDIA drivers yet though. I was actually considering installing Libranet because it automatically installs NVIDIA drivers. Everything has just been so smooth with Sarge, I hate the thought of wiping it off.
I just rec'd a Hauppauge Win-TV Go ($20 free shipping). Works great with tvtime in linux. Very easy to get working. I figured I'd use that Debian MythTV link I posted earlier and try a pvr.
I've been using a Hauppauge 250 and ivytv. Complicated install, but no major issues.
The link you posted is a little stale, the respository in the directions has removed its woody packages - I think they only have unstable packages now.