We have a DirecTV HD-DVR, but I think it would also be good to have a TV tuner that I could plug our antenna into. Probably wouldn’t be used much, but it would be good to have as a back up in case the satellite ever went out, or maybe to have something to watch if we were recording two shows at the same time on the DVR.
Problem is, I can’t find anything except those digital TV converter boxes, and none of them seem to be hi-def. The best thing I’ve been able to come up with is perhaps use a DVD recorder instead. Don’t have much use for a recorder, but it actually might come in handy sometime if I ever wanted to make a permanent copy of some TV show.
Problem is, I’m having problems determining if the tuners in these things are hi-def, or standard def like the converter boxes. Their specs really give no indication, and even reviews I can find don’t really say for sure. I would assume I might be the right track if the recorder has component video outputs, but it occurs to me that those might be only for the DVD playback section, not the tuner.
Can anyone shed any light on this – either recommend a DVD recorder with a HD tuner, or how to tell for sure if a recorder has one?