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You can get away with a VCR on a smaller analog, but for an HD display, even a smaller one, you're a lot better off using a DVD recorder, as far as resolution and picture quality is concerned. S-VHS would be better for a VCR in that case.
But "hundreds of times" for a VHS tape? Doesn't the bottom or top of the picture start warping after being played so many times? What sort of VHS tapes and recorder are you using? Why do those used VHS tapes that the rental stores sell so often have that problem? Those are probably reasonably high quality, I would think.
I knew a girl years ago who used to tape her soap operas every day over the same tape 'till it wore out, and sometimes when I went over there she had it on, and I could never understand how she could even watch it, because it looked so bad. The picture was so blurred and fuzzy you couldn't even make anything out.
DVD+/- RW can be recorded over (with no loss) something like 10,000x, and DVD-RAM 100,000x. At least in theory, if it's a good one (RAM's at least are still very dependable and consistent).