Could someone tell me if there is a DVD recorder/HDD machine that works like a PVR....i think someone mentioned on the forum that Philips do one but i'm not sure if it does HDMI upscaling which is another feature i would like.
AFAIK, you have to hit the record button first, then you will have access to what you recorded (pause, rew etc). Not quite as good as a PVR but then again you will have editing options, record from an external source and be able to dub to a DVD, which of course a PVR can't do.
Yes they do exist. In Australia there is a DGTEC machine, but I suspect it's local to the Oz part of the world and might not be available in the UK.
For the record, I tried one out. This was a feature-laden DVD/HDD recorder, which also continuously recorded to a few hours' worth of circular buffer. Unfortunately it was fiddly to use, ran rather hot, and had a serious lip-sync problem on playback. I sent it back.