The new Sony RDR-HX8 DVD-R/±RW DVD/HDD 160 gb Recorder is the one im saving for and as it will be about £800 I cant see why it doesnt have a digital receiver. Seeing as widescreen tv only shows properly on digital.
I've begun to realise one thing recently, the manufactures have a plan for the next n months/years.
This plan involves people (especially in Japan for some reason), buying a product that is similar to what we require, but not quite right, then the next year / 6 months another product is launched that is closer, etc.
This obviously makes profits for the m/f's and people like me follow them around waiting !
For example, Panasonic last year launched the E50/E60/E100 DVD-RAMs without progressive scan/component output.
Yet in the US it did have component. When I asked Panasonic about this last October they said it will be on next Aprils models.
The next move will be component (with same HD (20 Gb less than USA), then 6 months later (Oct?) slightly bigger hard drive, then 6 months later much bigger hard drive, then maybe by next October possibly freeview.
Then possibly 2006 twin tuner, by which time it'll be blu-ray or HD-DVD time, obviously with something missing.
And I as usual will be buying every 'upgrade' and putting my old E50, then E85 etc in the classified section.
I basically predict it will probably not be until next year that freeview appears in these, especially with the problems still with many areas not able to receive a signal (including mine!).
You may be right, but at the moment I have'nt seen anything from the big manufacturers apart from Thomson, regarding DTTV + HD + DVD-R before next year.
As for EPG, I did miss that out, that may be this year, IMO due to Philips pushing the market and saying they had it ready over 6 months ago !