Imagine if we could actually have 24 hours in the day, all the days in the year, instead of one with 23 hours and one with 25. Imagine if every day had a 2:30AM, or if we never had one day with two 1:30 AMs. How I long for it.
You are exactly right. A fantastic series conceived by Harlan Ellison and involving some of the greatest Science Fiction writers of the time, destroyed by bad acting, bad production, and bad pretty-well everything else. If you want a sense of how frustrating working on the series was, read Ben Bova's The Starcrossed. I especially like the early concept for the Internet, a booth where you can sit and ask a virtual person questions. Even his delivery was stuttering and with strange emphases in places, suggesting that his replies were composed of spliced together phonemes.
See this video for an introduction to the brilliant concept that was so ham-fistedly delivered in the original series.
Just make sure you get a converter box with Component Video out (also called YPbPr). Then you can use the Hauppauge HD PVR http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html to capture the hi-def video to a hard drive.
This is a solution that works for any HD settop box no matter what copy protection it provides, so long as it outputs component video.
One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.