DVD Recorder Basics
Before you even begin to look at DVD players the first step is to understand what features are most important. The most basic of these features is ensuring that the device can connect to your TV. In most cases this won’t be a problem, but the wrong connections will lower video quality and make it harder to set up the device. To solve this simply look at the back of your TV and make a note of the choices for connecting devices.
Next you need to check the formats. If your only DVD player is going to be the DVD recorder this won’t matter, but if you already have a DVD player and want to keep it then you'll need to ensure that the formats are compatible. Checking this isn't all that hard hard. In most cases the formats the DVD player can read will be written on the front of the DVD player. This usually isn’t a problem, but it’s worth checking especially if you have an expensive DVD player.
Once you know that you can use the DVD recorder you'll want to look at the specific features. One that is easy to understand is the hard drive. A hard drive allows you to record shows without burning them to DVD, do basic video editing and other useful features. The good news is that comparing hard drives is very simple. The more storage on the hard drive the better because it will allow you to record more hours of TV before you need to decide if you want to burn them.
Another feature that many DVD recorders have is DVR functionality. This includes features like the ability to pause live TV, watch one TV show while recording another and even skipping commercials. If you already have a DVR you like these will be less important, but if you don't looking for a DVD recorder with them is a good idea.
Finally, if you want to record TV you need to ensure that it has a TV tuner. Most do but there are differences in the type of turner you need based on where you get your programming. For nearly everyone what you want is a NTSC Analog TV Tuner. This will allow you DVD recorder to replace your VCR.