Why no DVD hard drives in US?

[qanda]This thread is about the Panasonic Hard Disk drive - 120 GB. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Panasonic used to make the most wonderful DVD recorders with hard drive. They still make an outstanding one in Australia but it is not sold in the US nor will it work here.
I smell a rat! Why don’t they make these wonderful machines here anymore? Did our wonderful government pass a law I do not know about to rob us of yet another thing we enjoy? Does anyone know the answer?

There are two currently available: Magnavox H2160MW9 and Philips 3576, both very similar in design and features. They both have 160G HD drives along with a DVD writer.
Check Walmart (for one place) for availability.\

To answer the question, people are too stupid to realize that paying monthly for recorders like TIVO or cable costs more than buying the unit outright. Or too cheap. These will be the last of this product line in USA. Check avsforum for a huge post by “Wajo”.

tom