dadyassa: Several years ago I bought a Panasonic E20 DVD recorder to help with my DV camcorder. It also worked fine with TV recording except I was limited to one hour at highest definition. It could record up to 12 hours at lower res, and even self-seek the best quality adjusted to recording length.
I've just upgraded to a Panasonic DMRE95 which has a hard drive as well as DVD-R ans DVD-RAM.
It accepts PAL and NTSC, but will not convert one to the other, nor handle the French SECAM.
I'm pleased with the quality, I paid about £340 from click here
Hope this may help. W