As the market is going, to record high definition video you’ll need a DVR. However, I would have liked the option to record HDTV even in standard definition on the Oppo. Believe me, this isn’t a deal breaker. I’ve had a Panasonic DVD recorder and I’ve only used it to record some VHS to DVD.
Looks like my next project is to figure out how to make my Apple Macintosh able to act as a DVR. Next project 😉