I don't know. I haven't followed those sort of machines for some time because they make no sense to me in terms of how I like using these devices independently (non-combo designs). I'm sorry to be so negative about them but I'm just telling it like I see it. I assume they still have the same problems they did when I looked in to them 2-3 years ago:
1) No cablecard digital cable tuner design so no premium channels that need descrambling (e.g. HBO) can be viewed or recorded either to hard drive or DVD.
2) No HD in so one can only record from the builtin tuner, no outboard HD cablebox, HD sat box, or HD camcorder can be recorded.
3) DVD recorder can not record 16x9 anamorphically compressed, only ltr boxed 4x3 or full screen 4x3 (they may have fixed that by now)
4) DVD recorder records in Dolby Digital..........2.0! (not 5.1)
5) Firewire (i-link/IEEE 1394) port is for 480i camcorder IN only, not out to archive to outboard computer or DigitlalVHS
6) Price of units makes no sense compared to renting a DVR cablebox from Comcast monthly. Sure, you break even in 4 years, but do you really want to be locked into that non-HD archiving machine instead of renting the newest thing the cable company has to offer that effectively has a lifetime warranty (if my DVR ever fails, they swap it, no questions asked)
7) DVD recorder won't archive copy guarded movies but will archive 1080i/720p network TV show material in....480i. That's not good enough for me.
Even if some of these bumps have been ironed out. I still prefer renting an HD DVR from my cable company, archiving perfect 1080i/720p Dolby Digital 5.1 HBO movies to DVHS (JVC HMDH5U) by firewire and won't buy another DVD recorder until they're HD.
edit: One more thing, that Panasonic combo box you link to says, "To use this function, your DVD recorder must be connected to a TV antenna and able to receive a terrestrial broadcast that includes EPG data" Last time I checked, the Gemstar TV Guide function collected its data from an NTSC broadcast signal only, not ATSC, and not Cable QAM. Does that mean you lose your EPG function when NTSC gets turned off in 2009?
In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".