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Why You Need a DVR

April 11th, 2010

dvr-recorders.jpgWith any new technology, there are early adopters, followed by the majority, who in turn are followed by the latecomers. But aside from early adopters who get new technology for technology’s sake, most people buy new technology to fill a real or perceived need. This curve was true when the VCR came out, but it soon became apparent where the value was in this innovative new product. The ability to record TV shows and movies and watch them at your convenience was a solution people were eager to implement.

For watching pre-recorded movies and shows, the DVD and now Blu-Ray have long since replaced the VCR. But for recording and watching TV, the VCR has held on a bit longer, but is rapidly being replaced by the DVR. There have been many DVD recorders, and the prices have come down, but they haven’t really bridged the gap for recording television like the DVR. Recording to a DVD gives better quality and slightly more convenience than a VCR, but pales in comparison to that of a DVR.

First, what is a DVR and where do you get one? DVR stands for Digital Video Recorder and are most readily available from your cable or dish TV provider, although there are third party providers, such as TiVo. The DVR sits on the television and is connected between the line providing the TV signal, whether cable, dish, or phone line, and the television in a similar fashion to the VCR. If it comes from your cable or dish company, it also serves as a set-top box and allows you to change channels similar to a conventional cable TV converter.

Where the DVR stands out is in how you record and watch your favorite shows and movies. In the old days, you looked at a TV schedule and determined the time and channel of the show you wanted to tape. Then you pushed your way through a tedious menu setting dates, times, and channels to get the show on tape. This worked fine, unless you accidentally picked the wrong time, date, or channel, or the clock on the VCR wasn’t set, or you forgot to turn off the VCR, or you forgot to put in a tape, or didn’t rewind the tape.

With the DVR all this confusion is in the past. With the push of a button, you get a schedule of all available programming on all channels for days or weeks in advance. Simply scroll through and find the show you want and click record. Then all you need to decide is whether to just record this one show, or record it every time it comes on. Done. The DVR keeps up with the time, and it doesn’t matter whether it is on or off.

When you are ready to watch the show, another menu option brings up a list of all the shows you have recorded. Just select the show and it’s on. No more rewinding or fast-forwarding through eight hours of VCR tape. Just click and go. When you are done, you can keep it or delete it. The DVRs hold various amounts of recordings, but they usually range from eighty hours to well over a hundred. And depending on the service, you can record multiple shows at the same time, or record shows and watch others simultaneously.


This article was supplied by Darryl Brooks from Constant Content.


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