Originally Posted by jtbell
See the first post in the Summary of ATSC Recorders
thread which is floating near the top of this forum. At the moment it lists one model with HDD.
Don't hold your breath. This whole market segment (from the cheapie Lite-Ons up to the better Toshibas and Pioneers) seems to have been something of a bust. It's still kind of hard for me to believe that what demand there may be is largely satisfied by the Tivo-type boxes supplied by the Sat and Cable providers . . . but not THAT hard. Just think of all the people who could never get past the blinking 12:00 on their old VCRs, or are still befuddled by the technology in their cellphones.
Given the disappointing sales results (if you're one of the mfr. Co.s), I had some faint hope that a large quantity of these might turn up on closeout at the last minute, but that does not look to be the case. I was in Costco a few days ago, and saw Toshiba HD players being sold for $449. Probably the prior model, as that's what often happens with Costco. They have had closeouts on Pioneer receivers in the past, and I think on some earlier non-HDD DVR models. Nothing in the last year or two, though.
In fact, I have not seen anything on the retail shelves in DVRs recently other than the downsized, non-hackable Lite-Ons, a lone Toshiba RW-2, and a handful of leftover Sony 330s. (There are some LGs or Samsungs, about which I know nothing.) Nothing interesting, anyway. If you wanted one of the better Toshibas, you'd probably be out of luck. I expect we'll be seeing those -- and the Pioneers -- on Ebay, at 2.5 x full retail price.
I bought my 520 at the now defunct Good Guys, which was owned by CompUSA. Now CompUSA is similarly going out of business, starting to sell off everything down to the store fixtures. (Except for Target or WalMart, the whole brick & mortar thing may be disintegrating before our eyes.) What remains of a DVR selection at Best Buy is pretty sad. Their specialty arm, Magnolia Audio / Video is no better. Can this be the end of a brief era ?