“Well the poster seems to miss the fact that almost all if not all Blu-ray recorders here in Japan come with internal HDD.”
Well … whoop de freakin’ do for Japan!
Look, the only thing you can “do more” with a Blu ray recorder and a HDD than play movies - is record TV shows, period paragraph. So how much does it set you back for all this versatility? 5 - 600 bucks? Don’t forget your HDCP HDMI display to go along with it, or it’s downrez city my friend!
Plus, good luck finding something on TV that you want to “archive” for the price of a 20 dollar disc and by the way, it will come on again in about 3 to 4 hours anyway…at least that’s the way it is in the US.
Again, to me- and this is just me… the BEST thing about recording TV is nuking the commercials and time-shifting. In the US there are soooo many commercials, that you cannot watch live TV. I can watch the Daily Show - sans commercials at 6pm if I want, then I can delete it from my HDD.
The point I am trying to make, is I can do all that and more on a $99 dollar HD recorder with a built in HD receiver. If I had so much stuff on it that I needed more space, I can simply plug in an external drive for pennies a megabyte.
Therefore- I cannot justify this Blu-ray tech at my house, not until it drops into the same solar price system, DVD is dead and I have no choice left.
I also just didn’t fall off a turnip wagon, and I KNOW that once Blu-ray gets a good enough foothold to kill DVD- they are going to launch a DRM hell that will hamstring every consumer and rob them of their Fair Use rights. I guarantee you will have to have an Internet connection and give them everything they want including your credit card number and jock size, just to see an alternate ending…