Can D-VHS recorders record HDTV directly from an OTA anten..

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I was considering buying either a new JVC HMDH40000 D-VHS deck, or a used JVC
HMDH30000 D-VHS deck off of Ebay. Both have RF inputs for an antenna. One ad
for the DH30000 says the D-VHS decks do not have a HDTV OTA tuner built in and
that you need an external tuner with a firewire output to record in HDTV. It
seems odd to me that this would be true. Does someone on this list know what
the story is?

Thanks in advance,

Randy
 
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Unfortunately this is true. The current and past crop of DVHS decks only
have NTSC tuners.

"Randy Standke" <rstandke@qualcomm.com> wrote in message
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>I was considering buying either a new JVC HMDH40000 D-VHS deck, or a used
>JVC
> HMDH30000 D-VHS deck off of Ebay. Both have RF inputs for an antenna.
> One ad
> for the DH30000 says the D-VHS decks do not have a HDTV OTA tuner built in
> and
> that you need an external tuner with a firewire output to record in HDTV.
> It
> seems odd to me that this would be true. Does someone on this list know
> what
> the story is?
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Randy
>
 
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"Charles Tomaras" <tomaras@tomaras.com> wrote in message
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> Unfortunately this is true. The current and past crop of DVHS decks only
> have NTSC tuners.
>
> "Randy Standke" <rstandke@qualcomm.com> wrote in message
> news:caaiu2$qjh$1@fair.qualcomm.com...
> >I was considering buying either a new JVC HMDH40000 D-VHS deck, or a used
> >JVC
> > HMDH30000 D-VHS deck off of Ebay. Both have RF inputs for an antenna.
> > One ad
> > for the DH30000 says the D-VHS decks do not have a HDTV OTA tuner built
in
> > and
> > that you need an external tuner with a firewire output to record in
HDTV.
> > It
> > seems odd to me that this would be true. Does someone on this list know
> > what
> > the story is?
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> >
> > Randy
> >
I imagine the product is in *the works*, however as I haven't heard much,
I'll assume first pass will not be till 2005 and then mass affordability not
until 2006 or later.
 
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rstandke@qualcomm.com (Randy Standke) wrote in message news:<caaiu2$qjh$1@fair.qualcomm.com>...
> I was considering buying either a new JVC HMDH40000 D-VHS deck, or a used JVC
> HMDH30000 D-VHS deck off of Ebay. Both have RF inputs for an antenna. One ad
> for the DH30000 says the D-VHS decks do not have a HDTV OTA tuner built in and
> that you need an external tuner with a firewire output to record in HDTV. It
> seems odd to me that this would be true. Does someone on this list know what
> the story is?
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Randy

That is correct, the two models you mention do not have an HDTV tuner.
An upcoming new JVC D-VHS VCR, the HM-DT100U does. What little I can
find about it is here:

http://www.1888camcorder.com/hm-dt100u.html

I have the HM-DH30000U and picture quality is great when it works
right but it is a quirky, fragile VCR. I have two working correctly
now and JVC has been responsive to fix the problems under warranty,
including a firmware update. Still I can only hope they will continue
to work for years to come as I have little confidence. This format is
considered just an interim product until recordable HD-DVD makes it to
market, maybe in a year or two so it is not without reservation that I
would recommend it to anybody with or without built in HDTV tuner.

Chris
 
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