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If this potential problem doesn't put you off, and you decide a DVD VHS recorder is right for you, there are a number of things you should look out for. If possible go for a device which records to DVD-RAM as well as DVD-R or DVD+R. This allows you to timeshift your DVD recording, meaning you can watch start of a program while still recording end of it, or pause and rewind live TV. Timeshifting is incredibly useful and will change way you watch TV.
You should also look for a device which plays back DVDs using progressive scan. This means that rather than splitting each frame into two fields and displaying each one alternately, entire frame is shown on screen at same time. This improves quality of picture when watching DVD players.
If you have lots of VHS tapes that you want to carry on watching or want to record to DVD, it's possible that a DVD VCR recorder could be right for you.
© Kenny Hemphill 2004
Kenny Hemphill is the editor and publisher of The HDTV Tuner