Is there a hard disk recorder that can be used as a VCR replacement only?In other words, it won't need a subscription (or lifetime pass) but rather is programmed like a VCR maybe using VCRplus. My mother-in-law wants to record her soaps but doesn't want or need time shifting, etc. She keeps wearing out VCR's so I thought hard disk recorded would be better.
The RCA DRC7005N is available at a pretyt low price from some places ... it does include a DVD player ... but a very reasonable price ... I'm not sure, perhaps they released a model w/o the DVD player.
My wife loves the DVR service from our cable company ... yes, there's a monthly fee ... but no up front equipment charges and your mother-in-law could try it out and see if she likes it (seems like a very low-cost way to introduce a DVR IF you have cable and IF it's available in your area).