I'm hoping to buy a new DVR and curious if any of you feel that Philips still makes the best?
For use in the USA, Functions I want:
ATSC Digital Tuner for free off the air DTV broadcasts, I have no Cable or Satellite services. (One or more DTV Tuners)
True 16x9 Wide Screen recording and viewing ability (Not Stretched 16x9 and Distorted, but true 16x9)
120+ GB (give or take) HD with editing abilities like or better than my old Philips HDRW 720/17.
TV Guide or similar EPG/IPG Program Listing to display in advance at least a weeks or more worth of on air programing.
I'll also need a multitude of inputs and outputs covering, RCA, S-Video, etc. all they way to the latest connections. The open CH03, EXT1 and EXT2 inputs with time shifting on my old unit have been particularly useful. I'm sure these are standard.
I'm considering the Philips DVDR3576H/37 and DVDR 3575H/37 and am surprised that they do not have EPG type features.
I'll need this DVR to receive free on air DTV stations with its ATSC DTV Tuner(s) and EPG's which I'll hook up to my 16x9 Flat Screen LCD DTV for USA viewing.
I have a old NTSC Analog Philips HDRW 720/17 with built in TV guide from 2005 that still works, having suffered numerous problems and crashes. Despite these almost critical failures, its still been a good unit for the original $199.99 USD purchase price.
Unfortunately with the switch to DTV/ATSC in the USA, my built in Analog TV guide (EPG/IPG) reception and old style Analog TV tuner may no longer receive signals.
I presently have the unit's Ch03 input connected to a DTV receiver, so I am able to record DTV freely broadcast over the air. The unit is unable to record in true wide screen 16x9 format without distorting the image, so any 16x9 recordings from the DTV will appear in an even smaller letterbox within the already small 4:3 in my recorded copy.
What makes and models do you recommend? Any brands (SONY, Phil., Pan., etc.) and model recommendations for the latest that are available will be appreciated for a small budget up to $400 USD.