My current VCR (4-head Stereo VHS) has lived a long a glorious life, but its picture quality has degraded a lot, with many pops and lines in recorded tapes. Since I do a lot of time-shifting of TV shows, I'd like to replace it in the next few months. I need some help in this. I can get an entry level S-VHS JVC model from BestBuy or Circuit City for about $130, which should be a nice step up from standard VHS. I'd really like a PVR to avoid tape degradation and not worry anymore about fitting shows in a 6 hour tape. But I'm not willing to page for monthly "service" and don't care about the realtime TV guids or auto-show finding functions. I just want to set a weekly record schedule for some shows and be able to watch them at my leisure. So, are the inexpensive SVHS VCRs decent? Or are there any PVRs that don't require a monthly fee for normal use? Thanks!