I was browsing through Wikipedia tonight when I came upon an article about ATSC Tuners (for those of y’all in Europe or Australia, it’s our version of the digital tuner). One thing that was mentioned was a Federal regulation that stipulates the following –
(iv) Other video devices (videocassette recorders (VCRs), digital video recorders such as hard drive and DVD recorders, etc.) that receive television signals—100% of all such units must include DTV tuners effective March 1, 2007.
In other words, after next Thursday, all DVD recorders must be able to pick up digital signals over the air. That explains why the local Wal-Mart was selling off a whole stack of DVD recorders for dirt-cheap (right around $50); they were clearing stock for the new recorders that accept digital signals.
So, if you’re looking to buy a DVD recorder (or even VCR), make sure you wait for a bit – you’ll be able to take advantage of recording new stations and even the HD feeds of regular channels (even though it will still be in standard quality, you’ll still get the widescreen picture – and let me tell you, if you’ve seen sports in widescreen, you will never want to go back; you’ll even wonder why they don’t show the widescreen version on the analogue signal).