I live within a few miles of dozens of TV broadcasting stations. I have no need for cable. I get my TV broadcasts for free.
I have been using my VCR to record late night shows or to record shows that are conflicting with other shows that I watch.
Now that we will be switching to HDTV next year, I have gotten the converter box for my analog TV. It works just fine. But it is very inconvenient to record using this box and I can only access one program at a time.
I've been looking for a DVR that can function exactly as my VCR. There are plenty out there that use DVDs for recording. But that is a waste of money and creates landfill as I only need to look at the program once.
I know there are plenty of gizmos to attach to PCs that will take on-air broadcasts and record them to a HD. But then you need to dedicate a PC for that purpose along with the large power drain it imposes.
Any reason, other than economics, that a HD driven substitute for a VCR is not available? At least not to my knowledge.
Any held would be appreciated.