I like to archive TV shows from my cable DVR and Toshiba DVD Recorders have always been great workhorses for doing just that. I wanted a stand alone DVD Recorder but since they are hard to find anymore, the VCR combo was a nice added feature. As some have said, if you are dubbing from tape to DVDyou can't pause/edit out commercials. (Not a problem if going to cable box to DVD Recorder). (And you CAN NOT dub an old store bought professionaly taped movie to a DVD - there is usually a hidden marco-code on the tape that prevents that, so unless its a tape that you made, do not expect to dub your VHS store bought Star Wars collecton to DVD.) For some, operating the system might be complicated, but I have had no problems. 8 hour mode is great for recording news shows. I usually use the LP 4 hour mode for movies and favoriote shows. It also has 2 and 6 hours modes. There is no tuner, but that is fine by me. I just hope Toshiba kees making these great machines for a long time. This is the second Toshiba DVD Recorder that Ihave owned, I bought this one just to keep the first one from being over used. In the 4 years that I have had the first model, it has been great and never gave me any problems. As a tip, I recommend using 'DVD -' discs instead of 'DVD +' as the 'plus' discs tend to have given me playback problems over the years. This is not a fault of the recorders, but a playback issue with some standard DVD players.
So if you like archiving some of your favorite shows for your personal home view collection, I highly recommend Toshiba DVD Recorders, a solid recorder with HDMI up-conversion. (Recorder does not record in HD, which as of now, would probably be way to expensive.)
Thanks again for a great, reliable product.
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