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Will a Digital Tuner DVD Recorder Work with My Cable Situation?

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I am about to retire two of my beloved Panny's since I no longer get an analog signal through cable since the final step of the digital conversion took place. I have a third Panny hooked up to a DTA box so can still record channels available through that but the volume of recordings and the need to babysit the channel on the DTA box is wearing me down.

So, I'm considering getting a DVD recorder with a digital tuner. But before I do so, and being a non-technie, I wonder if I could impose on you all for an opinion?

My only interest in the network broadcast channels and PBS. I want to connect the cable directly to the recorder. If the DVD recorder has a digital tuner (listed as C-QAM) will it interpret the signal? I have a digital TV (QAM) with cable directly connected and it does get these channels.

Thanks in advance,
Mrs. mjw1948
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You didn't say what kind of Panny you had but if your OK without a HDD(just recording direct to DVDs) then a Panasonic EZ-28 should work good for you. AFAIK they have been discontinued but you should still be able to find one online, used or possibly new or refurbished. The Panasonic will operate basically like your old Panny.
If you are up to change or really want a HDD(very handy and more reliable than direct to DVD burning) then your only option would be one of the Magnavox DVDRs w/HDD. They have a built in digital tuner and should get the same channels your TV does. For lots of great information on the Maggies check out Wajos sticky thread at the top of your page. The Magnavox models are in the midst of a update so you may not be able to find a new one right now but the thought is new ones should be available by fall, otherwise check into a refurbished model which many people have had good luck with.
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a Panasonic EZ-28 should work good for you. AFAIK they have been discontinued but you should still be able to find one online, used or possibly new or refurbished.
Not a good buy any more. Used ones are selling in the mid-$200's and new ones are $300 and up.
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I agree at those prices frown.gif I do see them occasionally on Craigslist for under $100(I paid $50 for my like new EZ-28 a couple years ago) but I guess like anything once they get scarce the prices go up.
If this is the case then I'd really lean towards the Magnavoxes and just learn the different operating system.
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My only interest in the network broadcast channels and PBS. I want to connect the cable directly to the recorder. If the DVD recorder has a digital tuner (listed as C-QAM) will it interpret the signal? I have a digital TV (QAM) with cable directly connected and it does get these channels.

Yeah, if your TV is getting those channels, then a QAM equipped DVD recorder should do the same. The challenge today is finding one. frown.gif
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I agree at those prices frown.gif I do see them occasionally on Craigslist for under $100(I paid $50 for my like new EZ-28 a couple years ago) but I guess like anything once they get scarce the prices go up.
If this is the case then I'd really lean towards the Magnavoxes and just learn the different operating system.

I've got lots of Panasonics, about three dozen DVD Recorders but just three EH series HDD/DVD Recorders from 2005 and 2006. The HDD/DVD Recorders have analog tuners. Most of my EZ series Panasonics from 2007 and newer, the ones with (mediocre) digital tuners, have now been junked while most of the older ES and EH series models from 2005-2006 still perform well. I just bought my second 2006 DMR-ES25 for $25. Some of my 2006 DMR-ES35 models now have around 5,000 recording hours. In recent months my DMR-EZ28 and the next to last one of my DMR-EZ17 models have been junked.

It took a little effort for me to learn the Philips/Magnavox operating system. It's second nature to me now. In fact, I've got lots of Philips and Magnavox HDD/DVD Recorders from 2007-2012. All these HDD/DVD recorders, more than a dozen of them, have digital tuners.
Edited by DigaDo - 7/17/12 at 7:20pm
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Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot for your replies - very much appreciated!

Given how much I record - I refuse to watch TV with commercials and Comcast on-demand is now restricting fast forward more and more - a hard drive is a must.

I have read extensively the posts on the Magnavox machines and also heard that there are new ones coming out later this year. I'm OK with a refurb. As to the operating system, I'm adaptable. It's Mr. mjw who I worry about. smile.gif I finally got him to the point where I can call home from work and give him over the phone instructions to do something with the Panny's. Oh well...

Thanks again. The forum has been a wonderful resource over the years.

Mrs. Mjw1948

PS - I have EH50, E95 and an ES10 (hooked up to the DTA box)
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