Our dvd player/vcr recorder that the kids use is on the fritz. It's not loading many dvds (both purchased and ones we record on a different machine) and it skips on many that it does load. So, I'm looking to replace it. I'm looking for a dvd recorder but need it to have rf coaxial in and out. My questions: 1. If the dvd recorder has an astc tuner, does that automatically mean it has the rf coaxial in and out connections? 2. Is a digital tuner the same thing as an astc tuner? 3. I'm having trouble determining if the dvd recorders I'm looking at on-line have the rf coaxial in and out connections. One recorder I found gives this in the description: Jackpacks: Component Outputs (1) HDMI® Out Front S-Video Input (1) Rear S-Video Input/Output 1 /1 Rear RCA-Video Input/Output 1 /1 Front Audio Input (1) Rear Analog Audio Input / Output 1/1 Coaxial Outputs (1) Front DV Input (1) In a review of this same machine on Amazon, one reviewer said: It has coaxial in and out jacks. My question is, how do I tell from the product description that it has coaxial in and out? If I hadn't seen the Amazon review I would not have known. 4. Last question . . . is it worth buying a 'factory refurbished' product that is less expensive than a 'new' one? I bought refurbished ipods from Apple and have never had a problem . . . was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with refurbished dvd recorders. Thanks for any input anyone can give.