Toshiba just announced the first combination HD DVD burner/hard disk recorder. The recorder has a massive 1-terabyte drive, allowing for up to 130 hours of high-definition recording, with the ability to archive up to 230 minutes of high def content to a single HD DVD disc.
In addition to HD DVD, the burner also can playback and record DVD-RAM/-RW/-R discs. The RD-A1 supports full 1080p output via HDMI, allowing viewing of “full HD” progressive scan signals. In addition, the device has on-board analog and digital tuners.
The recorder will initially be released in Japan on July 14th, 2006, and retail for 398,000 yen (appx. $3464 USD), so this is not one for the budget-conscious.