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You could also just use a DVD recorder such as a Panasonic EZ-28, which will give you most of everything you want all built into one unit, and which also has excellent picture quality, but the CM is really better all-around as a tuner, and it has the type of guide you're looking for. (The EA-18 I mentioned above is a cheaper, tunerless model).
That's really about the closest you'll come to getting everything you want. Many us here are using the CM (or other CECB's) with our older HDD/DVD recorders, and it works out very well (as long as the recorder has an IR blaster, and the code which will control the tuner, that is).
The Philips and Magnavox HDD/DVD recorders that are available in the US right now don't cost all that much more than the EZ-28, but the PQ from their digital tuners doesn't quite measure up to the Panny's, or the CM box, and there is no guide. Still, it is nice to have the 160GB hard drive if you do a lot of time-shifting. If you're at all interested, there's plenty of info on those (and the Pannies) over in the DVD Recorders forum.
All the recorders I've listed have component output.