Tuners and DVD Recorders

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    We're thinking about getting a dvd recorder for our family room. We have Comcast On Demand (black box on top of tv) and I know it has a tuner, therefore we don't need a tuner in the dvd recorder (at least, that's my understanding). Does it make any difference in how things work if we do get a dvd recorder with a tuner? I know that this recorder will, at some point, be demoted to the basement for the kids and we only have cable (no box) down there and we will need a dvd recorder w/a tuner. Just trying to think this out for down the road. Thanks for any info.
     
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    I have an older television that has a limited tuner in it. I also have Comcast basic cable without the box. I was using a Pro Scan VHS for it's tuner and to watch older tapes, it died. I picked up one of the VHS/DVD recorder w/tuner by Panasonic, it works great. Best Buy wanted 305 dollars for it but I found the deal below for a factory refurbished unit, it works great and I can convert all of my VHS tapes to DVD with it. I highly recommend it, it came in the original box and you couldn't tell it wasn't "new", it was probably a open box display unit sent back to the factory. I saved 168 dollars with tax savings and they paid for shipping!


    Panasonic DMR-EZ48VK DVD/VCR Player Recorder W/ Tuner - eBay (item 370143561720 end time Jan-21-09 19:24:02 PST)
     
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    Thanks. I love e-bay! I just bought a Tv Guardian from there. It filters out bad language. They stopped making them about a year ago, so e-bay was my only option. My son is into action type movies and the langugage is awful. Its bad on tv too, just changing channels. :rolleyes: So we're thinking of putting that and a dvd recorder in the F.R. to record his movies so they're 'clean', then he can watch them downstairs too.

    I found a Toshiba DVD recorder on Amazon for $159. It just went down from $162 in the past two hours. I'm just wondering if a cable box and a dvd recorder, both with tuners, will make something not work right or cause some kind of problem. We were considering a DVD/VCR but we still have two working vcrs and . . . no one watches the old tapes we do own.

    We got a 1 1/2 yr. old Sharp tv from someone local off of craigslist for $125. Not HD or anything (waaay too expensive) but it's 25" and works great. We mostly needed it for the v-chip controls, again for the kids. Now my oldest can take the old tv to college. lol, yeah we're pretty big into getting the most use out of things.
     
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    The directions on my Panasonic show how to hook it up to a cable tuner box. Part of the reason I went with the Panasonic was a number of reviews that gave it a very good review over all others including the Sonys.
     
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    Thank you! I'm assuming if they're giving directions for how to hook it up to a box that has a tuner and the recorder has a tuner, then all should be fine. I've found some Panasonics I like but their recording format isn't quite as versatile as this Toshiba. Both have gotten really good reviews. I'm looking for a recorder that has the most flexible recording format. I'd like to be able to play a recorded dvd on our other dvd player and it doesn't read DVD-RW discs. Do you use rewritable disks? Any problems?
     

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