|Originally posted by DSperber:
There are (or were) non-HDTV D-VHS machines before the
PV-HD1000. They are (or were):
Dish: JVC DSR-100 (combination 5000 and D-VHS VCR)
DirectTV: RCA VR911HF
Hughes HDR-205 (identical to Hitachi unit)
Note that the DirectTV-compatible machines connected through
firewire to just a handful of DirectTV receivers which
were built (a few years ago) to support D-VHS recording.
Only one is still around today... the Hughes HIRD-E45
Platinum. It is actually available and still for sale,
although you can't find the D-VHS machines except on eBay.
RCA made a receiver as well (I think it was the DSR-705 or
something like that) which had a firewire port in support
of its VR911HF, but it's history now.
Note that all three DirectTV-compatible D-VHS machines
are usable with the Hughes HIRD-E45 receiver. I think they
all may have actually been made by Hitachi, or Thompson.
Whatever... if you can find any of the three VCRs you can
use it with the E45. They are all functionally identical,
and electrically and digitally compatible with the E45.