ones that attach on computers are SO MUCH easier. a freeware like dvdshrink will put it onto your pc. a program like nero will burn that image exactly the way it is (with a little compressing) onto a blank dvd. whole process will take bout 1 hour depending on your comp speed.
with one that hooks up to your tv, most are real time recording. which means, a 2 hour movie, will take at least 2 hours to record NOT including finalizing. adding to the fact that you have to be there to hit start and stop. plus the fact that menus and special features and surround sound will not be there. it will not be worth it.
samsung, govideo, and other companies has dvd to dvd burners for tv, but they will not get past the copyright protection on commercial dvd's. there are products (i think its called sima ct200) which is a box that will "unknowingly" bypass the copyright for $100. not worth it. you're better off using a computer.
Could someone advise me on what equipment I need to purchase in order to burn/copy DVD's that I currently own? I've managed to purchase quite a large collection of DVD's over the last few years and I'd like to make a copy of them due to the simple fact of roommates and their friends deciding it's okay to borrow/lend my movies out and ultimately I never see them again. So, I'd like to burn a copy and keep the original put away and leave the burned copy in the video library for everyone to watch and not have to worry about my original version walking out the door. I just need something basic and I don't need all the "bells and whistles" with the more expensive equipment. I'm wanting something that attaches to my TV and not my computer. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.