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If you do not plan on recording then you don't need a tuner. However, all of the DVD/VCR combo units that I have seen have a tuner. The HDMI is used only for up-conversion or for HI-DEF in the case of a blu-ray player so you will most likely be using composite(standard RCA) connections. I don't recall seeing any DVD/VCR units with HDMI.