There is a long thread on the hardware forum about this new direct view integrated (ATSC tuner incorporated) flat screen HDTV.
We of course have our own peculiar concerns on this forum:
Today I brought a PV-HD1000 into my local Circuit City.
The Sony owner's manual indicates that the two "i-link" ports on the back have been confirmed to be compatible with only an obscure and probably still unreleased Sony cable box whose model # is noted on the hardware forum thread.
Undaunted, I marched in and proceeded to join the two using the firewire ports on each. The Sony immediately recognized the "i-linked" device with an on screen message.
I then fired up a tape and...nothing.
Then realized that the TV was in some sort of demo mode that I was able to disable using the on screen menus after a very brief look in the manual.
Then refired with TV in tuner mode and there it was; the movie on the videotape playing back with perfect picture and sound.
Certainly neither a flexible nor inexpensive set-up, but it should be duly noted that this option is a viable one and certainly adds to the value of the Sony HDTV.
Sony owners could either purchase the PV-HD1000 off ebay or elsewhere, purchase the JVC-Victor 30000 from overseas, or await the "soon to be released" Mitsubishi and then have a complete recording solution, albeit one with more compromises than I personally would feel comfortable with. The dual ports are, however, a very nice feature. Indeed this was among the most desireable features of the now infamous 169Time modded DTC100
A note about picture quality:
This is a flat screen CRT with all of the problems inherent to flat tube CRTs.
To my eyes the PQ falls well short of the reference broadcast HD monitor Panasonic DT-M3050W or even the Princeton AF3.0HD.
The comparable Sampo looks better to my eyes as well.
It should be noted that the DISH 5000 & HD modulator would still be required for this or any other HD recording solution involving premium programming.
"Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor not an engineer."