You are not comparing like with like. Standard Def is Standard Def. A Freeview PVR (or DVR if you must) will always offer better picture quality than a DVD Recorder with a Freeview tuner as, I am not aware of any DVD Recorders with Freeview Tuners that don't re-encode the decoded Freeview stream. Have you tried feeding a High Def Humax box to a DVD Recorder???