By taking the component outputs from your box, you may have side-stepped the "copyguard" from the HDMI, but I think you still are using the HD signal. If so, you won't be able to record this signal until you get a HD DVD recorder (not out yet). I believe you can take the composite output (coax) and plug that into a standard DVD recorder. It won't get you that beautiful HD picture (only VHS quality), but this may be better than nothing.
I have a DirectTV HD-DVR (hard drive) connected to a Toshiba HD LCD TV (32HL95). I want to connect a DVD player/recorder to this setup. I do not need a VCR combo unit but if a combo unit is best that's what I'll get. I just want to be able to save the better shows I have on the HD-DVR to DVD to free up the space. I don't need TV Guide or Tivo on the DVD recorder as everything will be coming off the DirectTV HD DVR.
I understand that HDMI will not let me record but I would use the Component Video outputs from the HD DVR to the DVD Recorder and use the Component Video Out from the DVD Reorder to the TV (plenty of spare inputs there).
Can this be done and what are my options for an under $300 unit?