I was recording episodes to DVD until recently, my machine started to be a bit temperamental so I just use a hard drive recorded these days & hope it behaves itself.
I was in a similar situation & managed to get a decent Sony DVD Recorder with 160Gbs hard drive off eBay for £40. There’s bargains to be had if you are prepared to take the risk. Mind you I always found the eBay guarantee to be good so far. Very good results on HQ setting & the hard dive allows easy editing.
That's good to hear, I was recording to hard drive then analogue copying to DVD, but I've been too busy to do that recently.