"Never knew how dated a VCR was until we got this."3.5 starson by sunnydai2
Pros: So easy to use even my wife can use it perfectly!
Cons: Cannot Record to DVD
Summary: This unit has allowed us to more fully utilize our DirecTv. It was always such a nuisance for so many reason to record using a VCR. This couldn't be easier. Skips through commercials in about than 5 seconds or so. Perfect picture and sound.
However, there is no way that I know of to backup to a DVD recorder! It has a built in function to "record to VCR." How '90's! Not having made the leap to HDTV this is, by far, it's greatest negative factor. (We wonder if Hollywood lawyers had anything to do with this missing feature.) We also miss seeing a small picture of the current channel while browsing the on screen guide. It is very obscured behind the guide and is essentially impossible to view. This is a function of the DirecTV built in tuner. They should have done better.
Since we have the top tier of DirecTV programming even the modest five dollar monthly fee is waved!