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Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Turning back the clock to the mid 70's as an example-
This was a time before VHS but Sony had just introduced a new top loading 3/4Umatic "HOME" VCR with stereo audio and a built in VHF/UHF tuner. I had one of these. It was a model VO1600 for those of you who know about such things. Obviously there were very few of us who owned one at that time and the community who had them did not have a WWW forum to compare and converse but we did have a telephone network and we used to record shows off TV for each other. The favorite was the Don Kirchner's rock concerts that were simulcast in stereo on the FM stations out of NYC. Usually on Sundays a few of us would get together with our huge, heavy top loading VCRs and run off copies we would share. One member of our small community was a projector op at a local theater. Along with another member who worked at a TV station in NYC would get together on Sunday mornings and record the weekly movie release using a video camera trained on the screen of the empty theater using microphones to pick up the sound. This was a real low quality recording and the only movies this theater had were porn stuff so while I did get a few, I did not find the genre as interesting to pay for the high cost of blank 3/4U media but the fact is, was that, yes people went out of their way to "pirate" movies even back then and quality was not so much an issue.
Today, I choose to archive for long term time shifting purposes the DVHS Tape because that is what we have today. I did back when 3/4U was the only thing out and I do today because DVHS is the only thing out for HDTV. I am not much of a collector of prerecorded media. This is why I can see the PVR technology of more interest to me as soon as it is out for HDTV. Program Content is most important to me but I do have my quality standards! Today, if I am to pay for blank media, I want the archive to be on HDTV with DD5.1 minimum. If I want a prerecorded media DVD is fine too.