2) What exactly is the difference between an HDMI DVD player and a regular DVD player? I've heard of Blu-Ray and HD DVD, but I thought they were completely different formats? What does an HDMI DVD player do that a regular DVD player can't? All the DVD/VHS combis. (not DVD recorders, I don't need to buy one of those) I see are regular DVD players.
That sounds alright for the money, but the digital switchover is looming, and after we switch your VHS machine will become redundant. Why not look into getting a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) aka DVR (Digital Video Recorder), they are more expensive, but they basically work as a hard drive to record channels onto (sometimes up to 3 at time).
VHS, like the music cassette, has seen its day, and has no place in the future.
The TV is good, also a DVD player is essential, but consider spending the extra money for the better gadget that will still work 2-3 years down the line.
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In reply to your question: do VHS tapes display alright on an LCD tv?. I can only say that on my wifes mid-size Samsung LCD TV in the bedroom, they were OK.
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