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    DVR question...

    Still using an old VCR to record TV programs. Would like to try the DVR thing but not sure how it works. My main question is this.... Can a DVR be used just as a (manual)recording device ...just like the VCR? Or is a subscription (to Tivo, or whatever) mandatory to make it work?? I'd like the convenience of the digital recording but I would NOT like having to pay a fee to use the damn thing. Never had one, or even seen one in use. So if anyone can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated.

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    i have one and it is great. No monthly subscription fee or anything.
    If you are gonna get one, pay the extra money to get one with a built in hard drive. This way you can record to the hard drive and you don't have to waste DVDs which cost money. I personally think they are better than Tivos. I have a Toshiba RD-XS35 with a 160 gb hard drive. I think I paid around $300 for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisvu05
    i have one and it is great. No monthly subscription fee or anything.
    If you are gonna get one, pay the extra money to get one with a built in hard drive. This way you can record to the hard drive and you don't have to waste DVDs which cost money. I personally think they are better than Tivos. I have a Toshiba RD-XS35 with a 160 gb hard drive. I think I paid around $300 for it.
    chrisvu05.....That's a "DVD" recorder isn't it? I thought those recorded only on DVD's. Does this have the capability of recording on the hard drive also? Sorry to sound so dumb, but I just really do not understand

    If this unit will record digitally to a hard drive then that is exactly what I'm looking for.

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    I have one. It is fantastic. Mine has a built in HD, so I can get about 50 different shows on it or one HD movie.
    I can set up recurring program recording or first run only. It's a Motorola.

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    I can't help with the DVR thing, but I recently purchased a DVD recorder. Works just like a VCR, only easier. And there's no re-winding. I love it.
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    I think I need to buy myself one for Christmas.

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    Yeah...you want a HDD and DVR combo. You can choose to record to your built in hard drive or you can pay for DVRs tor record to. I have had mine since July and have yet to need to record to a DVR.

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    Thanks man. This is just what I have been looking for. Or at least what I THOUGHT I wanted. Just wasn't sure they even made such a thing. I WILL be gettin' me one in a week or two.

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    I am a TIVO fan personally....I have had my account with them for years and feel it is well worth the money....we have 2 in our house...

    It makes TV truly enjoyable to watch..

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    Before i got my HD tv and subsequent HD cable box with built in dual DVRs, i was using a DVD recorder for about 2 years. The only thing i ever recorded were F1, MotoGP, WSBK and bicycle races. The tuner only picked up basic digital cable up to channel 99.

    I'd go with a hard drive recorder too. Even better if you get on that will record all the cable channels including the premium High Def ones.

    The DVDs are a waste of money. I rarely watch any of the DVDs i recored. I might as well toss them.
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    I have a DVR from time warner. Here's a few of the advantages of it over using a vcr.

    1) Fully programmable. I can set it to record up to 2 shows at a time using the on screen list, which I can search through too and set all kinds of options such as:
    Find and record whenever a new episode comes on on one channel or have it search across all the channels.
    How many episodes to keep.
    How much extra I want to record for live shows such as sports (so the overtime doesn't end up getting cut off).
    2) Record shows live as I watch them. Every show that I watch is recorded the moment I turn on the tv. So let's say I'm watching a 1hr show and I walk away after half an hour to grab dinner, I can hit record, turn off the tv and cable box, come back, and it would record the entire show beginning to end for me.
    3) Time shifting, which is great. I start watching a 60 minute show 15 minutes after it starts and fast forward through all the commercials. So if I used to watch 2 hrs of tv a day, I save about half an hour.
    4) Rewind. Instant rewind.
    5) I can catch up on 4-5 new episodes of a show in 1 weekend by saving it throughout the month.
    6) Storage space. I can record about 24 hours of full resolution HD movies (12 movies) or up to 200 hours of traditional.
    6) Your life doesn't revolve around tv, no more forgetting to set the dvd recorder or vcr, no more rushing home to catch a show. No swapping tapes or discs, virtually unlimited record time. I can record a 20 hour show if I want (great for the TDF).

    I don't even have to buy the box, it's $10/mo to rent. I would have to have it for 3 years to recoup the cost of buying one and even then, whenever mine breaks or a new one comes out, I can bring it to my cable center and get an upgraded one for free since I'm essentially leasing it.

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