Question: Will I be able to buy an HDD recorder (DVR) with a built in HDTV antenna in the $200 range?
As of the year 2011, there are HDD/DVD recorders with built in high-definition tuners (also called ATSC or HDTV tuners) in the $200 price range. For example, the "Magnavox MDR513H 320GB HDD DVD Recorder w/ ATSC Tuner."
For those of have stumbled upon this page and are wondering what the abbreviations mean:
HDD = hard disk drive; a large-capacity, re-writable storage device used in computers
DVD = a format for storing movies on a disc-shaped medium
HDTV = high-definition television
ATSC = Advanced Television Systems Committee; a standard for HDTV broadcasts
The device being asked about, called an HDD/DVD recorder, is the modern counterpart to a VCR. Like a VCR, it can receive over-the-air television broadcasts (via an antenna or cable hookup) and record them to its internal hard disk. It can then play back the program from its hard disk or it can save (burn) the program onto a recordable DVD disc for long-term storage. Here the burnable DVD disc takes the place of old-fashioned videotape.
by Dr. Noh
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