Ok, I admit it I'm probably stuck in the stone ages but . . . I have two dvd recorders and still use them, albeit not nearly as much as I used to. Yes, VOD and Netflix and Hulu, etc. are great options but often I have to wait until they decide when to put the shows in their lineup and watching via those other options means I have to watch in the family room or basement ( we just have a dta box in the bedroom, no VOD or anything). So I'll record a show I follow (especially when that show is on at the same time as another show) then I can watch it when and where I want to. I know all about dvrs but seriously . . . I refuse to rent a damn box to record the few things I record. That just doesn't make any sense, does it? Not when a dvd recorder serves the purpose and doesn't require a fee or subscription, etc. Having said all that I realize that dvd recorders never really caught on like the VCR did and that yes, these things are just about obsolete. The refurbished one I bought a mere two years ago is on teh fritz. Sometimes it will load the disk and sometimes it just bangs something against the disk trying to load it but it never happens. I've taken the cover off and am pretty sure it is a flat, cable-ish connection going bad. What to do? I don't know how to fix it, can't find any place that fixes electronics (remember when you fixed what you had rather than threw it out and bought another one?) and these things are scarce. Like, seriously scare. Also, the dta in the bedroom only has coax in/out, no rca and there almost aren't any coax in/out recorders . . . one or two with internal tuners but . . yeah. I did find two places that carry a Toshiba dr570 (which is what our other model is) and am considering buying one ($180) but . . but, but, but. Are dvds themselves becoming obsolete? There are also very few dvd players around and yet stores like Target and such have tons of tv shows/movies on blue ray and dvd and people buy them. Yeah you can play them on your computer but when a family of five wants to watch a dvd you need a player. Does anyone know if there are dvd technologies on the horizon or are these going to go the way of the vcr? I figure eventually everything will be 'virtual'. What am I going to do with all the dvds we have when that happens? Think it's worth trying to snag a dvd recorder? In another year or two I don't know if any will be around at all. There is a Magnavox DVR/DVD recorder for $230 bucks from Walmart. More than what we need and yet I wonder will standalone DVR/DVD recorders be the next thing? Blarg.