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Old 08-07-2013, 02:35 PM   #16
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So not only did he still have a VCR, but he still used it? Wow. WOW. My grandfather was in his late 80's when he died almost ten years ago, and even HE had gotten rid of his VCR by then
I used my VCR to record stuff until I got an HD DVR from Comcast back in 2010. It wasn't very convenient because Comcast had already stopped sending analog down the line. I needed to use one of the chintzy little converters, tuned into the one channel that had the one show I wanted to record. Pretty embarrassing for a techie guy that I was behind a couple of octogenarians :-P It's mostly because I hate getting fat bills every month.

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Old 08-07-2013, 02:40 PM   #17
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Yeah that's what mine is a combo VHS/DVD. Still have more to transfer but its a pain in the behind as you can imagine, there's no way to fast copy a VHS tape it's real time, 6 hour tape is 6 hours of sitting, monitoring.
So glad VHS is a dead thing of the past, I always hated that rewinding garbage along with the ordeal of trying to find one segment on a 6 hour long tape!
SO much easier on DVD!!!
My thoughts exactly. Yet, my father in law is only in his 50s and he prefers VHS. Heck, he prefers cassette and vinyl to CD. I really don't understand, because DVD and CD greatly resemble vinyl records in concept-- you just have a little pixie inside that moves the "needle" to each track for you when you press a button Somehow, he can't make the leap.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #18
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"Old dog, new tricks" comes to mind. Ya stick with what ya know.

That and sticker shock. It's hard for someone that grew up with the prices paid for records and their players buying into what seems like much more expensive solutions for "the same thing".
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DVD players are $30, Blu-ray players are $50, and the discs are $10-30.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:42 PM   #20
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Before we get too excited piping a digital signal directly to your brother's set is he still working with an analog television or is it newer and digital?

New game in town is about to hit Chicago. Aero will capture OTA signals via tiny antennae and monthly service will be as low as $9/month on up to $18/month for more or less unlimited TiVo type recording of two shows at a time.

Cable is not happy! Consumers feel not at all upset to soon be able to tell them thanks for all the great customer service and fair rates over the years.

Aereo will be internet delivered so the computer becomes the control for the television.

I saw somebody was playing with a Rasberry Pi to provide a dedicated computer for $35. Meanwhile you could use any other device with internet capability and output to the television to manage it all.
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With an HD Tivo you can still feed an analog signal to an older TV. Yes, you can watch an HD channel on an old TV. Yes, the picture is down-scaled to work. Yes, this does reduce the quality of the picture (but not the recording, that's still in the original format). We had just such a setup for a while with a bedroom TV. It actually did a great job of down-res on the signal. The upside was any recordings made on that Tivo will still in HD and when transferred to another Tivo or PC came over with the original level of quality.
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We have two tivos, both with lifetime membership, we pay
no monthly fee. They are extremely user friendly.

The tivo in our family room -- I bought with two remotes, his and hers.
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HomeWorx HW-150PVR
These thing are about $46. It records off the air HDTV to a USB connected recording device. I tried it out with USB memory stick. I'm not crazy about it but it's the cheapest OTA no fee dvr I know. I like the DTVpal DVR's if you can find one. I bought several when they were clearanced by Sears.
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I have still use my vcr all the time to record shows i miss. I'm not a dvd expert only have one player. But i don't think you can set record a show on it.

ps. I'm not really happy with my cable company medicom. Just about every other town in my county gets comcast.

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HomeWorx HW-150PVR
These thing are about $46. It records off the air HDTV to a USB connected recording device. I tried it out with USB memory stick. I'm not crazy about it but it's the cheapest OTA no fee dvr I know. I like the DTVpal DVR's if you can find one. I bought several when they were clearanced by Sears.
What don't you like about it?
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What don't you like about it?
I think my DTVpal dvr's are easier to use. I don't want to sound negative about it.The Homeworks DVR is available, relatively inexpensive, and appears to work. It's easier to use than a VCR. I did not think the picture as as sharp on a big screen. I tested it with a projector and a 92" wide screen. I did not spend a lot of time with it. There so few products that record HDTV, without a fee, that anything that works is worth a try. As an upgrade from a VCR it's a giant step forward.
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Not sure if they are still avaliable, but about 5 years ago, I purchased a DVD recorder that has an OTA ATSC tuner in it. I like it because it works like an old-school VCR in the fact that you can take the recording media out. If you want to archive TV shows, that's the way to go. Just record them onto a DVD and stick them on a shelf. I also use the deck frequently, as many friends and family members ask me to transfer old VHS tapes to DVD for them, and it's just a matter of plugging the old VHS deck into the AUX jack and pressing record!
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I'm getting my HTPC going.....so far it's pretty slick.

Windows Media Center is actually pretty powerful. It downloads the programming from the internet so it's easy to brows for program names and times. works pretty much like a DVR plus more.

Not only will it record while I watch another program....I can surf the internet....and download content from the net....

One thing that is obvious....our 40" LCD is not big enough.....I see the need for a 50" or bigger real soon....and the 40" can up upstairs to the master bedroom
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Channel Master and a few others make OTA dvr's. You could get a refurb computer off of tigerdirect.com and build him a HTPC for playing back dvd's or store te images on a NAS, so that he does not have to get up or down when changing shows.
My parents have the latest ChannelMaster over the air DVR and it works great. Comes with 16gb of built in flash memory but really requires the additional purchase of an external hard drive. They bought a 1 terabyte hard drive and can now record a bazillion shows. They love it.
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I have a TIVO and it isnt that hard. You may delete a few recordings accidentally but we all do, hah.

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