1. Connection is by both firewire and standard video,stereo audio connections like you use on SVHS. Recording in in digital rather than analog format.
2. It requires a Dish network receiver with HDTV 8VSB output plus the Panasonic tuner DST50/51 to work with HDTV. For standard TV it works with any video/audio connection from anywhere that is not copy protected.
3. The PVHD1000 is the only DVHS recorder that will handle the full HDTV bandwidth. Other DVHS VCR's will only record the SDTV signals. If you see an HDTV channel displayed on a standard TV that is what it will record. On the PVHD1000, it will record the HDTV signal exactly the way you see it displayed on an HDTV monitor and it will record the DD5.1 audio as well.
4. Cost is a funny thing, especially with the DVHS recorders and HDTV capability. If you want to record HDTV, you will require the recorder which has been discontinued but can be found as new stock on the internet all the time. check e-bay and those AV dealers frequenting e-bay as your best source. Approximate cost is $750 average for the recorder. However, be aware that this is just a part of the cost equation to get it working to record HDTV. For SDTV it ends there and you have spent just $750. First of all you will need the DishNetwork Dish 5000 with an HDTV modulator and a dish pointed at 61.5 and a subscription at minimum of $10 per month but get rebates with a top 100CD or $200 when available for $29.99 per month. Then you will need additional hardware. This will be a Panasonic DST50 or 51 tuner, cost at $1000 on e-bay typical, that will get you the firewire HDTV connection to your DVHS. You will need the fire wire cable. You will need a Techniques SHAC500 decoder for reliable DD5.1 playback(key word is reliable on this) You will need, depending on your monitor input a CVC200 at $700 to convert the Panasonic tuner Y,Pr
,Pb to RGBHV if necessary. Plus special component cabling and interconnects at $300. Total, I needed to spend for a reliable HDTV recording solution: $3750 which included the Dish Network system less the rebates. This to be able to have 2 HDTV channels of movies open to record HDTV movies.
Caveat Emptor-- It is widely rumored that the HDTV record capability with this system will be shut down later this year with copy protection. While the rumors are wide spread there is no one who knows for certain how this will affect us, only speculators. But even with copy protection in place, those recordings made now will still play. That much is guaranteed.
While you may already have some equipment and not need all of what I listed, for someone who has nothing now, the above will get HDTV recording added to your HDTV home theater. To my knowledge the above system is still the lowest cost way to achieve HDTV recording on a consumer level using the movie channels as source. Others have also recorded OTA local channels in HDTV. I do not have this opportunity here. And, no, DirecTV HDTV currently does not output a compatible 8VSB signal from the DTC100 to be able to record the DirecTV HDTV channels.
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