Anyone have DVD recorder answers and recommendations?
Hi, I've been kind of confused about DVD recorders, so I've put off buying one, but I would really like to get one, and I thought that people on this board could answer some of the questions I have.
1) First, I was looking for a DVD recorder with a hard drive for storing longer movies, but I'm having a hard time finding them - have they been largely discontinued? If so, will they be manufactured again soon?
2) I have an old Replay TV - if I don't get a DVD recorder with a hard drive - and I decide to just just use the hard drive on the Replay TV to record onto a DVD recorder, will that work - aside from having to make the recording in real time, are there any other drawbacks - mainly, will there be a difference in quality between this set-up and a DVD recorder with an internal hard drive - and if so, will this difference be noticeable?
2) Sometimes when I look at a description of a DVD recorder, there's a line that states that it doesn't have a digital tuner. How much of an a problem is this - I currently have a digital cable box, but an analog TV. What features should I be concerned about if I don't want the recorder to become outdated by the changeovers to digital TV and HD, or other upcoming changes?
3) Among the other features that I think I want are: upconverting to near HD playback, a DV input, ability to play DVD + and - R, ability to play VCDs (though that last one is perhaps the least important) - does anyone have any recommendations?
Thanks so much, in advance.