03-20-2009 04:00 PM
a dvd recorder will burn information that goes into it to a dvd. example, you run your cable tv feed into it and you can record tv shows.
a pvr (like the shaw hdpvr) is a cable box that has a recorder built into it. it records to a on board hard drive. in the case of the shaw box, you can record 2 shows, and watch a previously recorded show at the same time.
on the plus side pvrs are usually a bit more user friendly. on the downside once your shows are on the pvr they may not be too portable.
i have the shaw hdpvr and i have a friend who has a dvd recorder. i prefer my pvr.
04-04-2009 01:39 PM
I would recommend a PVR over a DVD recorder. Unless you want to bring the shows you tape to someone else's house or something, there is no reason to get a DVD recorder. In today's day and age you could download a show on your computer and burn it to a CD/DVD if you really wanted to bring it to another location.