Originally Posted by TalkingRat
Any news on Channel Master? They were supposedly putting out a new DVD-R this year. And since they already have the Pal for OTA, the only reason I can think of for another is to cover the cable side of things, at least QAM. Cable cos are trying their best to make customers pay for their proprietary recorder.
I guess any marketing department would have two problems with a new QAM device. First would be a shrinking market as more cable companies drop clear QAM channels and give out a free DTA to unscramble them. Second will be the price. For SD there is the Magnavox 513H/515H at about $200. You don't get a guide with either unit and with the quantity of channels, recording raw channel number (like a VCR) can be too complicated for your average person.
You did say DVD-R, of which there are many units under $100, and again they have no guide. Add a hard drive and its file management is a big price jump. A guide adds to the price also.
Like the AT&T/Verizon battle, 99% of Americans get OTA free, but 99% of America needs cable to get anything. Big difference is that AT&T is building more rural cell towers, but the networks are hoping somebody will build fiber cables to small villages. I would think seriously about FiOS, but it's not in my borough. Either is higher speed DSL - I have cable at 12Mbs and DSL at 1Mbs.
So, for now, I light a candle and hope my cable company keeps its current attitude. I get 125 clear QAM (and 25 analog) channels, with a dozen in HD. They even publish the raw QAM channel numbers on their web site. Yet they strip all PSIP data, so they're not perfect.