I remember one of the first Sharp HDTV manuals gave instructions for recording to a Blu-ray recorder through firewire. That was in 2005!
So here we are in 2014 and still no Blu-ray HDTV recorders in the US market. Recording to a DVR then offloading to a computer using a Hauppauge HDPVR and then authoring a Blu-Ray or AVCHD disk just takes too much time to be practical. Surely someone can just put this all into one device and record through component.
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Dual HD tuners, ability to burn to DVD or BD........but not for us in N. America
I think both, with even more emphasis on the first than latter and as to your last point, while the US is a very large market very few use OTA. Cable and satellite(the way the vast majority of the US gets it's TV) uses competing formats and aren't very conducive to customer owned equipment. Add to that the fact that we don't really have a working EPG and I can see why mfgs. avoid N. America for such devices.
As has been posted, there are ways to do it if you really want to, and that's probably good enough to satisfy this niche market.
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Most people are content with DVRs because they watch something once and delete it. Most Americans don't archive, especially when you can just stream it or buy it on disc if you really feel the need to watch it later.
Yeah, but the average Joe doesn't look at the long term. They see the short term of "spend x hundreds on a recorder vs $8 for Netflix, $10-$15 for the disc once in a while and $10 per month for a DVR." You're not going to change that mass market mentality anytime soon.
It also doesn't have any of the usual HD inputs, just standard def and some inputs for camcorders. It's not intended for commercial HD program recording.