Summary: This machine is awsome, I'm thinking of buying another one and turning in my rented DVR in to my cable provider. I hooked it up and ran throught the auto channel setup and it found all the basic cable channels as well as all of my local area broadcasted HD channels. I transferred a vhs movie to DVD the other day and after I closed the Disc it worked on all my other players so read the manual. JVC did a nice job on this one.
Summary: Have not put this to the full test as yet but what I have so far is just great - a true upgrade from dvd recorders of previous years. Initializing tapes is simplified, finalizing to play in other recorders has been simplified. Dubbing was easy, as was one touch recording. Going to try timed recording today - don't hesitate to buy this recorder. JVC has made a great product. I am satisfied (so far) with my purchase.