High definition video recorders today are the new VCR of tomorrow.
On June 12th, 2009 television changed across the United States and the difference was clear...literally! The amazing clarity of HDTV broadcasts simply blows away the standard definition analog signals we have enjoyed for much of the past century.
Depending on where you live, and how long you have had a high definition television, you might have noticed that HDTV signals were being simulcasted along with the analog broadcast. As of June 12, 2009, no more.
So how do you record these digital broadcasts? With high def video recorder!
They come in various forms such as a high definition dvr, or high definition box.
Companies such as Tivo, Moxi, Sony, and Hauppauge have released High definition video recorders that perform similar tasks; albeit with some key differences.
Tivo will record from cable or free over-the-air broadcasts, but requires a monthly fee to use its recording capability.
Moxi has no monthly fees, will record cable, but it will not record free over-the-air HD broadcasts.
Sony's recorder will record cable and free over-the-air HD broadcasts and has no fees; but it is discontinued. (As of this writing, they are available online from some merchants and auction sites such as ebay.)
Hauppauge's pvr (personal video recorder) can record HD from any set top box, with no fees, but not over the air broadcasts.
Regardless of which device you choose, expect to pay between $250 - $800 for any of these choices. If purchasing a unit is not a preferred option, and you subscribe to high definition satellite television or cable TV, then the integration of a HD recorder in your satellite or high definition cable box is available for a low additional monthly fee.
High definition dvd recorders can actually refer to two different products and is discussed here.
High definition dvrs are often available features built into high definition satellite receivers. This technology has been around for a few years with programming providers like high definition directv and dish network HD.
If you subscribe to cable TV, and you own or plan on getting an HDTV, make sure to upgrade to a high definition box so you can benefit from the awesome hi def experience!