A lot of them do. I would like to chuck the vcr and replace it with a DVD/ harddrive recorder, but the prices are still a little bit more than I want to pay. Not that the price is out of line, I just don't watch enough TV to justify spending that much.
The main things I'd use one for would be to time shift the few shows I do watch and to make DVD-R recordings of sporting events (okay, football games
) with the commercials edited out.
My brother tapes a lot of games, and a few months ago we watched the game where Joe Montano brought the Cheifs back to beat Elways Broncos with a heroic last minute, 4th quarter drive. That made me really wish I had some way to make higher quality recordings of great games like that for "posterity."
Not sure how good the Panny's are, but I'm anxious to find out, too.