Originally Posted by chuckliddell1011
so i record tv shows, movies, etc, a little of everything on my vcr, vcr works good, but want to upgrade, but not sure what to get
i was looking at a seperate dvr, a stand alone dvr instead of a built in one, this way i can record on different receivers, but i heard some dvrs have built in copyright stuff that does not allow you to record ppv and primtime network stuff, is this true, what should i get?
Much depends upon how one receives television programming and what sort of recording one wants to do.
If one receives broadcast stations through an antenna one will most likely want a DVD recorder or HDD/DVD recorder with an ATSC tuner. That will allow "time-shift" recording of programming in order to view the programming at a more convenient time and/or archiving recordings to removable media (DVDs).
If one receives cable or satellite services through a cable converter box or satellite receiver and one only wishes to "time-shift" record programming in order to view at a more convenient time those service providers offer DVRs for that purpose.
If one wants to archive cable or satellite service recordings to removable media (DVDs) then one will want a DVD recorder or HDD/DVD recorder. Most DVD recorders will record from "converter box" or satellite receiver composite video outputs (a yellow RCA press-on connection) or S-Video outputs (a round cable with several pins) plus the white and red audio connections (RCA press-on connections). Some of these recorders have clear QAM tuners that allow direct recording of currently non-scrambled cable services. As most cable providers are transitioning to scrambled services, a time is coming where most cable customers will need cable company provided converter boxes, Digital Transport Adapters (DTAs) or CableCards in order to receive most cable services.
Copy protection has been implemented in various ways. Some programming may not be recorded, some programming may be recorded once and other programming allows unrestricted recording.
Currently, the Magnavox H2160MW9A HDD/DVD recorder is the best recorder available in the US marketplace. The 2160 has an ATSC tuner for antenna reception and recording, a clear QAM tuner for reception and recording of non-scrambled cable programming, the usual line inputs for recording from converter box outputs, the usual line outputs for connection to a variety of modern TVs, a decent sized hard drive for recording material, editing/dividing features and high-speed dubbing recorded material to DVDs.
The first post in Wajo's sticky thread is the gateway to a wealth of information concerning the Magnavox 2160 and similar (earlier) models:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=940657