Comcast is running a special on their 160 gb "dual tuner" Moto 3416 STB: $1.99/mo for 12 months!
I just rented 2 Moto 3416s, for $3.98/mo.
-- 320 gb of combined HDD space for storing HD and SD video.
-- 4 digital tuners available.
And as many of you know, this STB records video in 720p, 1080i, 480p or 480i.
Programs can be scheduled using the EPG. You can even tell it to only record new episodes, and skip reruns of regularly scheduled shows.
Any shows you want to archive to DVDs can be selected (in any order) from the Moto 3416 HDD and downloaded (in SD of course) and recorded on any DVD recorder (using the Moto 3416 component, svhs and composite line outs).
Who knows. Maybe someone out there will figure out how to download a *digital signal* using the firewire or usb line outs (now disabled).
How do you think the major HDD DVD recorder manufacturers will react when they learn Comcast is "giving away" their 160 gb HDD STBs?