Thanks, Bo. No, TV Guide doesn't list WOCH, as far as I know. By "fat trimmed" I meant the "fat" of runover from the shows before and after the desired program rather than commercials. I guess what we need is smart technology that will lock in on the program when it actually airs. I thought maybe that's what TiVo did. Say, that's a billion-dollar idea!
The unit I have is a Panasonic DVD recorder with a hard disk. Unlike TiVo, it is not a service; you can't search for specific actors of directors and such. You just program the timer like a VCR. Since WOCH isn't listed by TV Guide, and their scheduling is so shaky, I don't know if ch28 would work with TiVo.
Several of the newer models, from Panasonic, Toshiba, and Pioneer, add 'TV Guide on Screen' which adds some of the functionality of TiVo, but a number of people have reported problems with it.
For whatever reason, the manufacturers have scarcely promoted these stand-alone units, leaving most everyone to associate hard disk recording with TiVo, and to a lesser extent with the PVR's offered by DirecTV and Dish Network.
That sounds like a really good option, Soju. So it's the DVD counterpart to videotaping programs, right? What a godsend if you wanted to, say, record "Who's My Love" when (not "if" ) it is rerun again in a few months' time.