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Finding the right DVD/CD unit

I have a question and hope that someone out there can help with an answer. The more online searching I do, the more confuseder I get! I am trying to select a DVD unit that will work with my non-HD TV (Some of us apparently still have non-HD sets, contrary to what I have read on the various on-line electronic review sites!). My TV signal input is a dual-channel satellite feed which in turn is hooked to a TIVO-programmed DVR.

What I want the DVD unit to do is (1) play CDs/DVDs on the TV, hopefully without inferring with TIVO's ability to record up to two shows at the same time. In addition, (2) I want to be able to archive a TV program already saved on TIVO's hard drive by recording (or burning) it onto a DVD.

So, hopefully without using up a wheelbarrow load of cash, is there a unit (or a type of unit) that will do that? I have read reviews of OPPO Digital DV-970HD, among others, and was impressed, but it is not clear if it will work with a non-HD television without compromising picture quality, or that it will record a program I want to save to a DVD (or CD). I hope someone can help. Please contact me if you need any more information. Thanks.

John Meakin
Stevensville, MT

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Oppos are a great value

In reply to: Finding the right DVD/CD unit

but obviously are just players. With all the heavy duty options you want to control, don't you need a recorder in addition to your Tivo? Don't be overly concerned about not yet being into HDTV. Perhaps you'd like to have one someday, but aren't you surviving without?

HDTV sales are accelerating. I don't have the figures, but with the enormous installed base, won't it be quite some time until the average Joe has HD?

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Samsung and Panasonic

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Both Samsung and Panasonic make consumer model DVD recorders, along with other brands. They have come down in price, so shouldn't break the bank.
As for not having HDTV type of TV, not an issue. Most(certainly all I have seen) players or recorders will have standard connections, such as composite video and s-video.

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