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Or get something like the Sony DHG-HDD500/250. It doesn't have a DVD burner, but will let you DVR and watch analog and/or digital HD and SD cable and/or OTA. It has a cable card slot too. You can't watch something live while recording something else (unless your TV has a tuner and you split the cable, or a cable card slot and you use two cable cards - but then you'll probably have to pay to rent at least one, if not both, of the cable cards. If all you want are the digital locals from cable, then you won't need the card - just limited basic cable), but you can watch one recorded show while another is being recorded. Then if you want to put anything on DVD you can either do that on your PC or a standalone recorder. If it's just a recorder and not a DVR too, I'd get one with DVD-RW and DVD-RAM for easier editing.
Otherwise, a standalone DVD/DVR will only let you DVR in SD (and it only has an analog tuner). At least with the Sony, you can first watch it in HD (assuming you have an HD display). If that really doesn't matter to you, then I'd just get something like the new Panny E55. It's got a nice sized hard drive. You can choose to either use or not use the TV Guide on Screen feature, but if it works well with your source, that's a plus.
Or you can wait forever for the TiVo Series 3 DVR, but you'll have a monthly fee to pay just for the service, not to mention possibly the cable card, too.