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The only analog HD recorder I know of is the JVC SR-W5U, and it was made for the professional, not consumer market. I think it was priced around $5000 when it first came out, although you can find it for much less now (one was just sold on Ebay for $1500). It has component inputs and outputs and can record at full 1080i but the sound is only stereo, and the W-VHS tapes that it uses are expensive ($30-$40). You can see some pictures here .


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The big brother of the W5U is the W7U. It is even more expensive. That makes two fantastic choices for the consumer.



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Any broadcast grade VCR can record analog HDTV with convertors to make the analog signal a standard studio type digital interface (SMPTE 292). But the equipment to do this is about $10,000. The VCR's go from $50,000 up to $250,000.


And the tape is anywhere from $50 to $200 per hour.


Oh, and by the way 90 minutes is the most you can get per load.


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Since all the publicity about the various schemes to encrypt digital signals from the STB to the VCR or TV has got everyone stirred up I have a question. How many people actually have in their homes a VCR that has a component or RGB in that is capable of recording off that input. Why are the studios and trade groups insisting on downrezzing the existing analog outputs? From all I have read there are avery few of even people on this forum on the whole that have HDTV's and a way to record HDTV and it is a relatively (at least for the average Joe) difficult thing to make work. Are there plans for a multitude of HD VCRs or other recording devices with analog HD inputs just waiting to be released? If there are so few people with these older sets, why screw them while trying to ostensibly protect the digital bitstream?
 

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Can you record an HDTV signal at a lower resolution using an S-video connection on an S-VHS recorder?
 

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Most all (if not all) HDTV stb's have standard NTSC outputs that can be recorded by standard VCR's.


Playback looks like a good rental VHS tape, nothing better.



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