Dear Walmart: Thank You, and Please Do It Again!
We are extremely grateful to you! You came through for us by asking Funai to continue building DVD recorders with a hard disk drive (HDD DVDRs).
Funai is currently responding to your request with their latest generation, the std def (SD) 53x Series: MDR533H/F7, MDR535H/F7, and MDR537H/F7.
Knowing that Funai has to plan its human and physical resources well in advance of a new production run, we'd like to appeal to you again to consider the NEXT generation of video recorders.
The Magnavox 53x Series SD DVDRs you're currently selling are really dual-purpose units. They have some DVR functions, like record to hard disk drive (HDD), Pause/Rewind Live TV (up to 6 hours), skip, replay, simultaneous play/record, resume-play on all partially played HDD titles, plus some features DVRs don't have like coax passthru when on or off, DVD burner for saving things to DVD and playing DVDS/CDs, composite/S-Video/firewire inputs for copying home movies etc. to HDD or DVD, and editing on HDD or DVD.
Regardless of the future viability of DVD technology, the HDD and DVR features of these recorders will endure and be useful to many people well into the future.
The people these units will appeal most to are VCR and older, analog-only DVDR users wondering what to do next. These people could easily be persuaded to take their first step into the 21st Century with a HDD recorder with both analog and digital tuners. They'll get much better picture quality (PQ) than their VCRs or analog DVDRs and MANY more modern features that make TV watching and time-shifting so much easier.
SO, now, we'd like you to ask Funai to plan ahead for the next generation of HDD recorders, even if it's a continuation of the SD 53x Series you're selling now. If this option is chosen, see Wish List #1... Our Recurring Dream.
However, the next generation would appeal to a MUCH WIDER universe of buyers if it had at least two tuners and recorded in high def (HD) like most DVRs. If this option is chosen, see Wish List #2... The Next Generation.
A NEW Incentive 11/9/12:
"TV Guide On Screen" (TVGOS) is a free Guide delivered by Rovi Corp. thru coax and internet connection, but coax delivery is being discontinued as of Apr 2013.
Some existing HD DVRs (e.g., Sony DHG series) relied exclusively on coax-delivered TVGOS for their Guide and unattended recording capabilities, forcing those people to search for replacement recorders.
Other HD DVRs have TVGOS but can still set manual timers, but even those people could be persuaded to replace their units with a new, Guide-based unit like that described in our Wish List #2... thousands more potential HD customers suddenly available.
Funai/Walmart will not have a more opportune time to fill the gap for thousands of people seeking replacements!?
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Post Your Support and Concurrence in This Thread.
Please try your best to keep this positive.
Send a Personal Request to Walmart.
Send a letter to Walmart HQ in Arkansas. Here's the text of my letter.
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Walmart Home Office
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville AR 72716-8611
Attention: Product Selection & Ordering Coordinator for Funai Electric, One of Your Strategic Suppliers
We need a continuing supply of recorders with hard disk drive (HDD) in North America like the latest std def (SD) MDR53x Series (MDR533H/F7, MDR535H/F7, and MDR537H/F7), which Funai is currently producing for you! We thank you for asking Funai to keep making these units!
You've been our primary source for HDD DVDRs since 2007. They've been the ONLY DVDR available in North America with HDD and digital tuner for the past 6 years.
However, to assure a continuing supply, we understand that Funai needs advance notice and time to plan for their human and physical resources to design the next generation.
So, now, we'd like you to ask Funai to plan ahead for the next generation of HDD recorders, even if it's a continuation of the SD 53x Series you're selling now. If this option is chosen, se Wish List # 1 here:
However, the next generation would appeal to a MUCH WIDER universe of buyers if it had at least two tuners and recorded in high def (HD) like most DVRs. If this option is chosen, see Wish List # 2 here:
I am writing this letter on behalf of other members of the million-member-strong AVS Forum who frequent the following web site, which has had more than 2 million views from people all over North America:
Edited by wajo - 4/1/13 at 6:34am