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Help With Digital TV Recording

Rob Pegoraro

LAS VEGAS - Do you want to be able to record digital-TV broadcasts off the air and take your recordings with you? Help is on the way. Companies are finally showing off DVD recorders that include the ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) tuner needed to receive a digital signal.

For example, LG will sell a series of DVD recorders in the Spring that start at $249. Panasonic's lineup will cost $230 and up when it ships in April, and Samsung's DVD recorder should go for $250 at about the same time. Some of these DVD recorders include VCRs too, just in case you've got a library of old VHS tapes lying around--or if you want to consign a high-def broadcast to videotape, at the cost of losing most of its original quality.

These devices can't record a high-def signal in its full resolution. But most of them will electronically "upconvert" the recording to a high-def resolution, which may just be good enough when the alternative is getting a DVR from TiVo or your cable or satellite operator (which will record in high-def but effectively imprison your recordings on its own hard drive) or setting up a computer to serve as a video recorder (expensive and complicated).

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 10, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  | Category:  CES 2007 , Rob Pegoraro
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Rob Pegoraro: I'm not so much concerned yet about copying to DVD's, I'm still having trouble getting Excel to copy data files to new CD-RW's. I can use Microsoft's Media Player to convert and copy music tracks to them, though they will only play on my computer's music system and not regular CD players, BUT, I just can't get Excel to copy those data files to the CD-RW. Do you have any idea how to do this ?

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