I finally broke down and bought a stand-alone DVD recorder to archive shows off our two TiVos. I got an iLO DVDR05. iLo is Wal-Mart’s “store brand”; the DVDR05 is actually the same as a CyberHome DVR 1600 (the earlier iLO DVDR04 was a rebranded Lite-On 5001).
The $98 price can’t be beat, and the recordings it makes look good so far. I’ve also discovered that the unit can use DVD-R discs in addition to the DVD+R discs it says to use in the documentation. This is good, as I have a surplus of DVD-R blanks right now.
Being able to put six or eight hours of shows on a single disc will be great for archiving a couple seasons’ worth of What Not To Wear on BBC America. Our original DirecTiVo is more than two years old, and has some recordings on it that are that old as well. I need to get them archived onto DVDs before the 40G Maxtor hard drive in that unit gives up the ghost.
UPDATE: THIS IS NOT A CUSTOMER COMPLAINT FORUM FOR THE DVDR05. DO NOT SEND ME EMAIL BECAUSE YOU HAVE PROBLEMS WITH YOUR CHEAP DVD RECORDER. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE COMPANY OR ITS CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT.