A DVD recorder (also known as a DVDR, mainly outside of the UK and Ireland), is an optical disc recorder that records video onto blank writeable DVD media. Such devices are available as either installable drives for computers or as standalone components for use in studios or home theater systems.
As of March 1, 2007 all new tuner-equipped television devices manufactured or imported in the United States must include digital tuners. The US Federal Communications Commission has interpreted this rule broadly so as to include apparatus such as computer video capture cards, videotape recorders and standalone DVD recorders. NTSC DVD recorders are therefore undergoing a transformation, either adding a digital ATSC tuner or removing over-the-air television tuner capability entirely.