First, I am new to all of this AV area---I know little or nothing about terminolgy or hardware. --I did, however, read the very helpful "Sticky Thread" on "DVD Recorders and the Analog to Digital Transition." Here's the Problem: For years, we've been recieving service from the local cable company (only one in town). ---For years, we could program our VCR recorder (I think VCR is correct) to record various programs, on various channels, at various times of-the-day, on various days each week. ---At the end of the week, we could replay the tape and watch the programs----MOST IMPORTANTLY, we could pull the tape out of the recorder--and give it to my daughter (who lives across town) so she could watch shows that we mutually enjoy. Recently, our cable company has been producing "digital" signals on certain channels (shortly, all channels will be digital) ---Also there is something about the digital signal being "encorded." ----Well, the bottom line is, that we can no longer program our VCR recorder to automatically record while we are away from home---and MOST IMPORTANT, we can no longer produce a copy to share with my daughter. ---Apparently, the cable company will rent us something that will record their digital signals---but, you can't program it to record during various times of the week (i.e., apparently you can record one day at a time)---this is not good if we go off on vacation for more than one day. Also, and most importantly, there is, apprently, no way to make a tape or disc. copy of the digital programing. ---Hey, I am willing to purchase the proper recorder---but I am hearing that none exists that can recieve a digital signal (that might be encorded by the cable company), be programed for different times of the week, AND produce a tape or disc copy of the program. ---Please help. --Remember, I can barely understand this stuff--so keep the jargon to an understandable minimum--- and if you suggest hardware/recorders, a website and model# would be extremely helpful. ---One last fear,---2 or 3 years from now, we might buy a HDTV ---we'll want to buy a player to play HD movies to the HDTV ---beside the HD-DVD or Blu-ray problem, does any of this HD-DVD/Blu-ray or HDTV thing complicate my original question/problem? ---Any helpful, suggestions or discussion would be most appreciated. ---Jaes.
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12/12/07 at 8:32am