Is it worth buying a DVD recorder now?

Question: Is it worth buying a DVD recorder now?

Answer: Whether or not you should purchase a DVD recorder depends on your needs. Although recording movies from HBO or other cable/satellite channels is becoming increasingly restricted. If you like the idea of recording with the best video and audio quality currently possible for preserving old family videos in a more permanent format, making your own short films or videos, and need to replace an aging VCR anyway, a DVD recorder may be an option to consider. Prices are very reasonable. However, DVD recorders are getting harder to find, especially in the U.S. market.

Of the DVD recorders that are available, the DVD recorder/VCR combination is the most common type made and sold. On the other hand, DVD recorder/Hard Drive combination units are now very rare in the U.S. market.

My suggestion is that if you are looking for a DVD recorder, be prepared for a limited selection to choose from. For suggestions on what is available, check out my listings (which are updated periodically as long any continue to be available):

Also, for answers to questions regarding topics related to DVD players, be sure to also check out my DVD Basics FAQ