if a TV series that I happen to like gets a retail release, I wait for a sale and buy it.
If I think the disc will receive wide enough circulation (not go OOP easily), then I'll go so far as to wait for the used market to build up about 2 years after the release. I just bought several DVD box sets last week for pennies on the dollar. (Honestly, I couldn't have afforded them any other way.) Same for books. I just snagged a half dozen Doctor Who books for about $4 each! Those were about $10 new. Those prices included shipping.
Buying "big names" shows (House, CSI, Lost, Big Bang Theory, etc) is what I do. New or used from Amazon.com
I only record TV when it's something unique and not likely to be put to DVD anytime soon (if ever) -- off PBS, for example.
Maybe re-runs of shows that don't have releases, and may never get them.
I have Direct TV with a DVR and theres lots of TV shows I'd like to keep , but with a DVR you run out of space and then theres other problems like the DVR box breaking .
An easy solution is to transfer the recordings to DVDs, using a good DVD recorder.
1. What kind of budget do you have available?
2. And do you insist on buying new recorders only, or would used be fine, too? (More options used!)
The Sony VRD-MC6 DVD Recorder is a piece of junk that should not be used. It's really, really unreliable and lousy.
To give quick suggestions:
- New: MAGNAVOX MDR513H/F7 320GB HDD DVD Recorder
for $228 shipped @ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B003DPKOKK
- Used: RCA DRC8030N DVD Recorder with 80GB Hard Drive
for $135 shipped @ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...SIN=B000US4JKE
Both of those are awesome recorders for recording TV shows directly off TV (or from DVR). Clear, noise-free gorgeous picture quality.
Best used at the 2-hour and 3-hour modes.