Been thinking about a DVD recorder although as we all know the convergence of media in the home starts to make the techy in me think more about a wireless connection around the house to shuttle the media around. One of the things that I still do is record TV shows on videotape…I know the quality is horrible on a TV afterwards. In looking at it this way a DVD recorder is good for recording tv programs but using a wireless media center type device like the Dlink media lounge would be a better overall system for grabbing shows instead…also by the way you would need a video card for your computer that allows a cable in connection.
Sony has introduced its new line of DVD recorders. The first two of the new units, the RDR-GX355 (DVD Recorder Only) and RDR-VX555 (DVD Recorder/VCR Combo) have NO BUILT-IN TUNERS. In order to record television programming on either unit, the consumer will need an external set-top box, cable, or satellite box. However, Sony will also make available shortly, two additional DVD Recorder models: the RDR-GXD455 (DVD Recorder Only) and the RDR-VXD655 (DVD Recorder/VCR Combo), which will have built-in ATSC digital tuners to prepare for the coming turnover to digital-only over-the-air television broadcasting. Also, it appears that for the second year, Sony will not offer a DVD Recorder/Hard Drive combo in the U.S. Market.