Originally Posted by computerman3
Movies they record
Series shows off history channel and such
and one Series off NBC
Should I just forget recording the Series shows? and just order the series shows for my shows when they come out on DVD, my series I record is Chicago Fire
need to figure out how to not use so many discs, and also save wear and tear on the Recorders
It isn't clear from your post exactly:
1. Why are you recording an endless variety of shows on your satellite PVR for your family? Is every family member a rabid collector of each and every show, wanting to keep them forever, or do they just temporarily need the DVDs to catch up on what they missed?
2. How many family members are we talking about? Do they all live in the house with you, or is a lot of this recording being done for family outside the home that just wants to piggyback on your satellite service?
It sounds like you're spending a disproportionate amount of your free time making DVDs for people (I've been there and done that). At a certain point it becomes a ridiculous never-ending burden: laboriously dubbing shows in real time from satellite PVR to DVD takes forever, and if the discs are only going to be watched once it really is a waste of effort. If this is primarily for family members to catch up on shows they've missed, you need to seriously consider more practical alternatives like talking to your satellite company about a whole-house PVR system. They put "substations" in each viewing room, with independent access to an "online PVR" so each person can record and watch any program at any time. This is not as costly as having a "real" PVR box in each room, and you might be able to negotiate a really good deal.
If this option is not available in your area, at least try to cut down on your disposable DVD use. The EA-18 is compatible with reusable DVD-RW discs, which you can erase and re-record on at least 30 times before discarding. Or, look into picking up another couple of HDD recorders while they're still available. The Magnavox MDR533 at Walmart for $230 is near-identical to your Philips 3575. You could dub an entire satellite box full of shows onto the Magnavox HDD in one long unattended session, then put it in the room of the person who needs to catch up. When they do, delete the shows from the Magnavox and fill it up again. Unwieldy, but easier than burning hundreds of DVDs each year.
Buying DVD sets at the end of each season is a great idea if they truly want to collect and rewatch favorite shows, but not cost effectiive for watch-once viewing. Also, as tomwil noted, obscure shows on stations like History Channel do not always come out on disc. Mostly it is series from the broadcast networks, F/X, HBO, Showtime.