Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Pacifica, CALIF USA
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I bought my 1st Replay TV when they 1st came out. It was a 3000 series. Can't even remember the year, but it was a long long time ago. I'm guessing 1999. I still remember going to Circuit City and seeing Replay and Tivo side by side. I bought the best one, but just like Beta and VHS, the best one doesn't always win.
While I have been a member of this forum for about 13 years, I rarely post. I occasionally have a simple question to ask and I know there are a lot of knowledgeable people out there with answers. Likewise I occasionally answer a simple question for someone. I usually log on every week or so just to see what is going on. I would have never known that the Replay service was going away without this forum or that WIRNS was there and available to replace the Replay service. Over my 13 years here I have learned that there are some very nice (and knowledgeable) folks out there. They have no agenda, they are just trying to help and happen to enjoy getting into the nuts and bolts of Audio/Video technology more then most. We are lucky to have those people as resources.
But we also seem to have people who seem to enjoy putting people down or at the minimum enjoy showing others just how smart they are. That seems to really go against what this forum is all about. Therefore I have to respond one last time. Regardless of what positive or negative responses come from this, I won't respond further. I hope we can just "all get along" and move on.
This particular post seemed to get started because someone was curious about just how many of us active Replay users were still out there, and why we were still using them. As far as the "How many?". I really have no idea, but I am sure there are a lot of us. I would venture to guess in the thousands.
On the "why", I think there are 4 simple answers:
1. They are paid for.
2. There is no monthly fee associated with using them.
3. The quality of the output meets are current needs.
4. They are reliable.
It's as simple as that. Any of us who have been using these things for more then a couple of years are well aware that there is newer and better technology out there. That doesn't make the Replays any less usable. Us "techies", who were early adopters, clearly know that. We were probably the 1st ones on our block to have a DVR, PVR, or whatever you choose to call a Replay TV "like" device. Most people at the time, had no idea what a "DVR" was, much less why we needed it. And most of us who have used a DVR for more then just a week or so can not imagine going back to watching TV the "old" way. And by the way, we paid more for those Replays then the TVs we were watching them on. We were probably also the 1st ones on our block to have a "PC" at home. And many of us were the first to have one of those little (big) "brick" cell phones with a battery that lasted about 30 mins. Yes, we have all long ago upgraded our PCs, and cell phones. In fact probably several times over. We upgraded because those old original ones were either no longer supported, just didn't work anymore, or just didn't have the features we needed anymore. Basically, they did not get the job done anymore. My 1st PC (anyone remember CP/M?) only had 16k or memory and a cassette player to store my programs. You can't get much done with something like that these days. In fact, you can't get anything done. But Replay TVs actually still work, and until HD TV came out, they were still compatible with the latest video/tv technology. So why not use them. I know we have become a "throw away" society, but some old stuff is still worth keeping around just a little longer.
We don't keep them because we are cheap or because we don't want to change, or because we aren't aware of newer technology. We keep them for the 4 reasons stated above. And we don't necessarily want to buy the latest "new" technology just to keep up with "The Jones". But when Replays can't get the job done anymore, we will probably buy the best equivalent technology that is available. Why? Because we want to, and if it is going to last any significant time at all, we need to get the best that is available at the time. And by the way, that new technology will not cost as much as the big flat screen TV that we will be watching it on.
With the car analogy that was used earlier, I doubt that any of us are driving a 15 year old Chevy. I mention Chevy only because most of us would not consider that a "classic" car. But some of us might just be driving a 15 year old Mercedes, BMW, or Lexus. I often used to say to my kids about cars, "Buy a real good quality car, take care of it, and you can drive it a long time". The same thing goes for just about any technology purchase. Buy the best technology you can afford and it will probably last a long time. And with this forum, we have a lot of good people who are helping us use and improve our Replays so we can get just a few more miles on them.
I thank all you helpful forum members out there, and I forgive those of you who use this forum only to have an audience.