The jury is still out on this one, at least for me. The Hauppage 1212 is a DVR that allows you to record 1080i or 720p content in H.264 compression. It’s got a bunch of outputs, allows you to convert your old video tapes to digital, but at the end of the day you’ll still need a computer to store all the information. What’s kind of cool, is that you can set a variable output rate ranging from 1Mbs to 13.5MBs when outputting to DVD. Included is a the WinTV scheduler but you’ll have to depend on the ‘blaster’ remote to change the channel, which sounds all a bit too sketchy especially when you’ve got die-hard-can’t-miss-an-episode Lost fans.
Not my thing, but you can preorder it from Amazon for $249.99 shipped. Ships in 2-3 weeks.