Lack of DVD recorders with Digital Tuners:
This has been one of my gripes for probably five years now.
It seems during the transition to digital Tuners all the DVD recorder MFG's dropped tuners and sold "video in" only recorders for the same price they sold DVD recorders with analog tuners the year before. Walmart and the Tuner less Mag Recorders come to mind.
I was very happy to come across this Thread several years ago showing the digital Tuner with Harddrive Mags available on line through various sources.
It made me feel better knowing these Mags were out there after putting up with all the nasty replies to my "why can't I buy a Digital Tuner DVD recorder in this country when they are available in other countries". And believe me I felt like a idiot just for posting that question.
At any rate skipping forward I still really do not know the real reason MFG's are not selling these units in the USA.
Is the market really that small? Does everyone in the USA really only use Cable or Sat DVR's?
Am I "wanting to record Digital TV from over the air" really this much of a minority that MFG's see no market in the USA?
Or is it that the OTA digital market has moved to USB digital Tuner PC cards?
Or is it places like Walmart make much more money selling movie and TV show DVD's?
Or is it media mongols like SONY stepping in and stopping MFG'S from producing DVD recorders because they may loose some sales of DVD's of TV series? (All the recent GOV rulings on Copyright come to mind)
BTW - On another note where is the Mag rep that use to post on this site ? I have not seen a post from him in awhile.
Concerned 515 owner