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by: simpleuser01 February 8, 2009 12:45 PM PST

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What Happened to DVD/HDD Recording?

by simpleuser01 - 2/8/09 12:45 PM

I currently have a Panasonic DMR-E85H dvd/hdd recorder.
It works great! However, it has an analog tuner.
After several Emails to Panasonic, they tell me that the tuner can not be replaced with a digital tuner, which means I have to hook it to a converter box. Converter boxes are un-programmable, so I'm limited to recording only one channel, unless I'm present to change the channel on the converter box!!
I asked about replacing the whole unit, and Panasonic tells me that they no longer sell a DVD/HDD recorder.
This is untrue, as, they sell a LOT of them overseas!! WHY DO THEY NOT SELL ANY IN THE USA??
This brings me to my main question.
No one is selling them in the USA!! The ONLY place I can find one is a Wal-Mart. They have a Philips DVD/HDD recorder. I'm starting now to find out that even Philips is going to drop it after this year!!
What Is Going On?
If you're in Europe, you have hundreds to choose from. But here in the good ol USA, you have NONE!!
Unless, of course, you want to subscribe to a cable or satellite service who provides a DVR -- FOR A PRICE!!
I can not afford to subscribe to cable or satellite! Not only that, I will not do business with Brighthouse!! They are a crooked company, and they do not care about the customer! They tell YOU what you can get, they don't care what you actually WANT!! No! I will not deal with Brighthouse!
I smell some kind of corruption here!! Are the subscription services doing something to prevent the sell of these machines?
What am I missing here?
Someone please help me!!

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