[QUOTE=zevia;2144571]I assume all those media are Made in Japan?[/QUOTE]
Yes all the brands mentioned Sony, TDK, Panasonic are MIJ. It’s actually kind of hard to find non-MIJ blu-ray media here, I’ve seen made in Taiwan only once or twice on some Maxell discs and that’s about it.
Yeah I have a cable box with dvr, but the hd is not as big for one and its kind of sucky for another haha. I much prefer the blu-ray recorder. In fact we are probably going to give up the cable and switch to satellite since the recorder doesn’t support the cable box.
Almost all of the recorders have 2 tuners yeah, they generally record terrestial analog & digital, and what’s called bs & cs (satellite).
The nicest models are 1080/60p and the rest are 1125i/750p (for Sonys at least which is all I looked up).
I am not sure about recording hi-def to dvd-rs or if it will record direct from tuner to disc and I’m too lazy to go upstairs and get the manual.
In general you use it like a typical pvr, it also has some tivo like auto-record shows you might like stuff, but you basically record your stuff to the hd and then watch it and/or dump it to bd, dvd, or cd. Also plays all the above of course. And also will dub all above between each other using the hd as a middle ground. Oh and also lets you input from your video or digi-cam and dump all that content to disc too (or any other source really but anything other than video cameras are s-vid max input). They are basically just the evolution of vcrs is how I look at it.