So why would anyone want to continue attempting to use ANY tape system for recording new material? There is no new product development going on for tape products, no processing enhancements, tapes are bulky, no program skip, gotta rewind, and compared to DVD, the quality sucks.
You can upgrade to a damn nice DVD/R for $120 - $100, archive from HD DVR as well as archive old tape material. Output is handled digitally from the getgo, so bye-bye to all that analogue circuitry in the tape machines. Everything that I have archived from my DVR to my DVD/R looks IDENTICAL whether I view from the DVR or from the DVD/R.