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I had Technics components in the 1970s but I sold everything for motocross bikes (Maicos) then when I turned 16 I turned to cars, mainly Camaros.

Since we are talking about collectibles, antiques, obsolescence, etc:

Do any other DHG owners have old cars? With the exception of one 3.5-year period (after a big accident), my daily driver has been a 1967 Camaro for the last 34 years. My more modern secondary vehicles disappointed me until I decided to only own cars made before 1972. I am currently restoring a second 1965 Impala to use as my foul weather vehicle. My other Impala is great in snow up to about two feet, but I stay home if there is any more than that. One great advantage to having 60's Chevies is the fact that so many parts interchange between them.

I should mention that I have performed a few "hardware upgrades" to my cars, because I actually drive them, and because I think everything can be improved. But the myths about changes in gasoline and oil making these cars obsolete are simply not true.

- Kerry
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You're partially correct. So few of the Catalin sets have survived that those collectors don't really care if they work. But we're with you - and prefer things that function. As a result, we get outbid on Catalin a lot (and I was wrong, we only have 2).

The 301 has no FM. It's AM, short-wave, and one other that I think is obsolete. Fortunately, there's still a ton of short-wave in use. The last time I turned it on was in January - it was about -20° and that night it picked up everything. It's quite fun to hear what the Australians think of Americans!

We actually collect a few things. We went to an antique show in 1987 and that's where it all started. I collect Royal Doulton, Moorcroft, and some Bakelite jewelery (VERY art deco!). In addition to radios, my husband collects pin-up art from the 1940's and 1950's - Elvgren (a local artist) and Runci. Especially Runci. He has an original Runci from 1946 that is his Holy Grail. If we were on a sinking ship and he had to toss stuff overboard, I sometimes think I'd be in the water before the Runci.

The value of our collections took a serious hit when the Internet came along. We learned that much of what we thought was rare is really not. Another hit in 2008, along with everything else. As for the future, only time will tell. Right now it's a buyer's market.

You're right about Rovi and the DHG. It's really a shame because it deserves to be a classic. Not only does it look like a classic but in many ways it was the first - and only - of it's kind.

Much has been written here and elsewhere about the real villain in all of this - Rovi or Sony. The reason I blame Rovi is how they've conducted themselves. If you called about TVGOS, as I did, you learned quickly how their staff was trained - which was to ask what equipment you owned, then provide you with the customer service phone number of Sony, LG, or whatever. A most unsatisfactory business.

Sony provided an Android app. Lord knows it wasn't much, but it was something. Plus their customer service would talk with you politely.

I know quite a few people who got into collecting almost everything in the 80's and 90's but everybody was doing it so most of the stuff is not worth anything. One item that comes to my mind is HESS gas stations always have a toy truck around Christmas every year and people will be in long lines up buying five at a time and putting them away thinking they will go up in value. But since everybody does it the toy trucks is not worth anything. The ones from the 70's on back are worth money but anything after that is not.

As for what people think of americans we have PCN and it will run Duetchse Welle (a German news program) and they really do not have a good opinion of how our political system is handling things for the past decade. They also do not understand the importance of the stock market either as they say it is not an indicator of economic output just the profitability of the top 30 DOW corporations.

One thing that should be noted about TVGOS is the European and Asian variants are still operating and one reason is these countries have much stronger consumer protection laws. I think they have to go through a different process in order to discontinue service in those countries unless the system operates differently there.
I just set up my second TiVo today and will readily admit it was the shutdown of TVGOS that finally pushed me to TiVo. My cable companies rate hike this year was the icing on the cake. Even though the cable box I had was a new Pace, it was still noisy and ran hot. It made for a good heater in the winter but not in the summer. The TiVo's are really quite and run very cool.
There is a Proverb in the bible that says "The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride." Yes I am getting philosophical as I get older.smile.gif
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Originally Posted by KerryNY View Post

Since we are talking about collectibles, antiques, obsolescence, etc:

Do any other DHG owners have old cars? With the exception of one 3.5-year period (after a big accident), my daily driver has been a 1967 Camaro for the last 34 years. My more modern secondary vehicles disappointed me until I decided to only own cars made before 1972. I am currently restoring a second 1965 Impala to use as my foul weather vehicle. My other Impala is great in snow up to about two feet, but I stay home if there is any more than that. One great advantage to having 60's Chevies is the fact that so many parts interchange between them.

I should mention that I have performed a few "hardware upgrades" to my cars, because I actually drive them, and because I think everything can be improved. But the myths about changes in gasoline and oil making these cars obsolete are simply not true.

- Kerry

I used to go to Super Chevy Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway and in the 80's I missed out on buying a restored 1963 SS 409 Impala 4 speed. I was out bidded for it. Just didn't have enough cash on me that day. It was touted as the 12 second grocery getter. My dream car to have is a 1970 LS6 454 4 speed SS Chevelle. Any color will do. My current ride is a 2000 K2500 Siverado. I have it since new.
post #28894 of 29213
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Originally Posted by Jed1 View Post

I know quite a few people who got into collecting almost everything in the 80's and 90's but everybody was doing it so most of the stuff is not worth anything. One item that comes to my mind is HESS gas stations always have a toy truck around Christmas every year and people will be in long lines up buying five at a time and putting them away thinking they will go up in value. But since everybody does it the toy trucks is not worth anything. The ones from the 70's on back are worth money but anything after that is not.

As for what people think of americans we have PCN and it will run Duetchse Welle (a German news program) and they really do not have a good opinion of how our political system is handling things for the past decade. They also do not understand the importance of the stock market either as they say it is not an indicator of economic output just the profitability of the top 30 DOW corporations.

One thing that should be noted about TVGOS is the European and Asian variants are still operating and one reason is these countries have much stronger consumer protection laws. I think they have to go through a different process in order to discontinue service in those countries unless the system operates differently there.
I just set up my second TiVo today and will readily admit it was the shutdown of TVGOS that finally pushed me to TiVo. My cable companies rate hike this year was the icing on the cake. Even though the cable box I had was a new Pace, it was still noisy and ran hot. It made for a good heater in the winter but not in the summer. The TiVo's are really quite and run very cool.
There is a Proverb in the bible that says "The end of something is better than its beginning. Patience is better than pride." Yes I am getting philosophical as I get older.smile.gif

We never got into collecting to make money, nor should anyone in my opinion. We do so for the enjoyment. Fortunately we didn't get into anything that was marketed strictly to collectors. Anything produced for the purpose of being "collected" will invite others to flood the market which ends up destroying collector appeal. This is exactly what happened with sports cards, Beanie Babies, and other similar "collectors items".

Now price is important, and your proverb is most appropriate. The key is patience. We buy mostly at auction and are successful less than one tenth of the time. What we miss we generally get at a later sale. For those willing to wait, most anything will eventually trickle through at the right price. And there's nothing more fun about collecting than finding something you want at a good price.

I have a Doulton Churchill jug that's quite rare. In 2002 I was offered twice what it is now worth. Do I regret not selling? Absolutely not. I enjoy having it in the collection. When I'm old enough I'll start selling - hopefully to younger people who have an interest.

Like what you collect and collect what you like. But if you're looking to make money then hire a financial adviser or learn to invest yourself, as I did.

It can be entertaining to learn what foreigners think of Americans, but I personally don't care. I've been around a while and have come to believe that other countries hate America because we have nice things that they don't have. I have several friends who've emigrated (legally) to the U.S. - from the UK, Malaysia, Mexico, Colombia, Singapore, Russia, and the Netherlands. They ALL say the same thing: "Yes, people in my former country don't like Americans, and will criticize the U.S. all the time. But they all want to come here. If given the chance, they'd become U.S. citizens in a second. They want a shot at the American Dream like anyone else."

If the DHG is to find it's rightful spot in the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame (CEHOF), then I suppose it will need one of Joe's tapes to run in a continuous loop for the display. That way people can look at it in 30 years and say "Wow - you actually had to read the display and push a button to get this to do what you want." smile.gif

In 1981 GMAC applied my payment to the wrong account, then accused me of not paying my bills. mad.gif It went on for months and I had to prove several times that the mistake was theirs. They finally agreed, but 3 years later after my final payment they wouldn't release the title until I paid their "late fees". I haven't bought a GM product since. We bought Chrysler between 1985 and 2007. But after the government bailout they're on my black list too. I now have a Kia Optima. H just bought his first Ford. We still have a 2001 PT Cruiser in Florida.

Sorry, Kerry. Once again I'm of no help to you. frown.gif
Edited by mac24 - 7/17/13 at 3:00pm
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Off topic, Mac - how is the mileage on your Optima? I've had an SX for two years now, and had a trip to Columbus, Ohio, from Pittsburgh this past Monday, and was averaging about 32 mpg. Driving reasonably. (75 - 80 mph) My Optima is also the reason HT upgraditis has slowed down a tad. I found the best non home theater upgrade for my car was getting rid of the crappy Nexen tires at 15K last August for a set of Michelin MXM4 tires. The ride is much quieter, and the grip, especially in the rain has improved greatly.

http://www.tirerack.com/survey/SurveyComments.jsp?additionalComments=Y&commentStatus=P&tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Primacy+MXM4

My snow white pearl ride:


We now return to the DHG HDD 250/500 thread which is already in progress...
post #28896 of 29213
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Off topic, Mac - how is the mileage on your Optima?

You're asking the wrong person, as I don't drive much. My office is less that 3 miles from home, and these days I work from home 3 or 4 days a week (RDP). The Kia is 2+ years old and has less that 6,000 miles. I get about 24 MPG in town.

H has the new C-Max. It gets 47 MPG pretty much everywhere. He does most of the driving.

The 2001 PT Cruiser has 44,000 miles. smile.gif
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Sorry, Kerry. Once again I'm of no help to you.

Sure you are — even if you don't know it. smile.gif You are affirming my beliefs about collecting, and auto loans, plus showing me new insight about various topics quite frequently.

- Kerry
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Originally Posted by mac24 View Post

You're asking the wrong person, as I don't drive much. My office is less that 3 miles from home, and these days I work from home 3 or 4 days a week (RDP). The Kia is 2+ years old and has less that 6,000 miles. I get about 24 MPG in town.

H has the new C-Max. It gets 47 MPG pretty much everywhere. He does most of the driving.

The 2001 PT Cruiser has 44,000 miles. smile.gif

Thanks Mac. Happy motoring!
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You're asking the wrong person, as I don't drive much. My office is less that 3 miles from home, and these days I work from home 3 or 4 days a week (RDP). The Kia is 2+ years old and has less that 6,000 miles. I get about 24 MPG in town.

 

Funny story. I bought a new 2008 Mitsu Lancer. It has computerized everything. The service reminder was ok for the first two years even though it was set for 4 months or 6k miles because I'm considered to be living in a harsh environment. Last year I took it in for service and the computer had stopped showing the next service miles. The dealer spent two hours trying to get it working and I think they even called Japan. Finally I said to stop and let me go home. It was at ---- miles and 4 months. Then the 4 months ran out and it kept bothering me to get service. I found where to reset the warning and it went to ----- miles and 37 months. Fine with me. Seems the computer couldn't handle my 2008 Lancer with 20k miles on it. I don't drive much either.

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Thanks Mac. Happy motoring!

You're welcome! smile.gif

BTW the Optima is on lease. In May of next year, they're getting the keys back.

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Funny story. I bought a new 2008 Mitsu Lancer. It has computerized everything. The service reminder was ok for the first two years even though it was set for 4 months or 6k miles because I'm considered to be living in a harsh environment. Last year I took it in for service and the computer had stopped showing the next service miles. The dealer spent two hours trying to get it working and I think they even called Japan. Finally I said to stop and let me go home. It was at ---- miles and 4 months. Then the 4 months ran out and it kept bothering me to get service. I found where to reset the warning and it went to ---- miles and 37 months. Fine with me. Seems the computer couldn't handle my 2008 Lancer with 20k miles on it. I don't drive much either.

Another product of the "nanny state" that I don't care for in the slightest. mad.gif

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Sure you are — even if you don't know it. smile.gif You are affirming my beliefs about collecting, and auto loans, plus showing me new insight about various topics quite frequently.

I spoke Horta long before Yoda.

You're very sweet to say so, Kerry. I appreciate that.

I don't know Horta - but my Tamarian is very good. wink.gif

(I thought the only way to communicate with the Horta was with a Vulcan Mind Meld?)
Edited by mac24 - 7/18/13 at 5:45pm
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Another product of the "nanny state" that I don't care for in the slightest. mad.gif
 

It's worse. When the temp falls to 37F it warns me there might be icing. Someone converting C to F messed that up too. Next car will probably be a Charger. First car? A 1946 Plymouth. Older than I am but it still fun to take to the Drive-in.

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I don't know Horta - but my Tamarian is very good. wink.gif

Did the Tamarians have the metaphoric language? If so, "Chaka when the walls came down" would be equivalent to "DHG, when Rovi pulled the plug" (or something like that)

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(I thought the only way to communicate with the Horta was with a Vulcan Mind Meld?)


The Horta wrote (burned?) something cryptic in the stone before the full Mind Meld: "NO KILL I"


- Kerry
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Originally Posted by KerryNY View Post

Did the Tamarians have the metaphoric language? If so, "Chaka when the walls came down" would be equivalent to "DHG, when Rovi pulled the plug" (or something like that)
The Horta wrote (burned?) something cryptic in the stone before the full Mind Meld: "NO KILL I"


- Kerry

So ... When you say that you "spoke Horta" you're telling me that you "wrote" English words on rocks? confused.gifconfused.gif Sorry Kerry, NOT impressed.

Yes the Tamarians used metaphor to communicate - and stole my thunder you did. "DHG when the Guide stopped" would be an excellent metaphor to describe something whose functionality is seriously compromised (although not completely disabled) when an external element is removed.

I was very young when the original Star Trek aired, but my first year of college the cult following was in full swing and the reruns were on a lot. My first boyfriend was a fan and he got me involved although I only liked a few episodes. I think my favorite was Mirror, Mirror.

I might anger a few purists, but I thought TNG was a better show. It just was. No question Darmok (with the Tamarians) is one of my favorites. Very creative.

I also need to correct something ... we did not see the original Star Wars on opening night together - my H did but we were not dating at the time. Come to think of it, I didn't much care for him back then.

So the "streak" is exclusively his. I saw it with a different group of friends, the theater was very crowded but probably not opening night. I thought it was OK fun but didn't quite understand why it was such a big deal.
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So ... When you say that you "spoke Horta" you're telling me that you "wrote" English words on rocks? confused.gifconfused.gif Sorry Kerry, NOT impressed.

You're a tough audience... If I saw someone burn/carve English words into rock by just wiggling their body against it, I would certainly be impressed. Possibly more impressed than if I watched someone use English words to form simple metaphors. ;^)

- Kerry, when he had to get back to work [ NO SLACK I ]
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In a Galaxy Far, Far away is where this thread has gone. Where no thread has gone before.

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If I saw someone burn/carve English words into rock by just wiggling their body against it, I would certainly be impressed.

Temba ... his arms wide.


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Edited by mac24 - 7/19/13 at 9:56am
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Originally Posted by JoeKustra View Post

In a Galaxy Far, Far away is where this thread has gone. Where no thread has gone before.

Or possibly where many threads have gone before. But I will tie it into this one by mentioning that I watched many Star Trek episodes on my DHG. Although it sometimes behaved like the M5, and sometimes like Nomad, I liked it best when it behaved like Commander Data.

Of course now, most of us have been assimilated by the TiVo-Borg collective.

- Kerry (hey, if I made bad sci-fi jokes at work —or even good ones — I would just get blank stares)
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One good thing about the recent posts is that I can skip over them without reading.

Star Wars and Star Trek hater here. eek.gif
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Temba ... his arms wide.

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra!

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Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra!

rolleyes.gif

Kadir beneath Mo Moteh.

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post #28911 of 29213
Resistance is futile.
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One thing that I liked about the DHG and other devices of that time is there was no way for anybody to track your movements. Today every thing is net connected and it seems everybody wants to collect data on you and sell it. I seen yesterday on TiVo's web site that I can transfer Season Passes to another TiVo but in order to do this I have to give TiVo permission to collect data on me. I wonder why for this one thing? I do not mind being net connected as it has its benefits, but this need to track your every movement is getting out of hand.

As for Star Wars, I was 11 years old and I seen the movie 14 times in the summer of 1977 at the Capitol Theater in Shenandoah, PA. It was a grand theater of our past as it had a balcony and a stage. I paid $1.50 and seen the movie twice as all you had to do was stay in the theater after the 7 o'clock showing to see the 9 o'clock showing. I will always be fond of the Star War franchise and I watched these movies hundreds of time. I even watch them on commercial TV and curse myself as why I put up with the commercials as all I have to do is put on the Blu ray version that I own. I guess now that Disney owns Lucasfilm they will exploit Star Wars to the fullest extent. I guess it will be a wait and see how it turns out.
As for Star Trek I really only like the original series. I do have the movies but I do not enjoy them as much as the original series. I just hope my TiVo doesn't merge with another device on my network and then tells me I..Am...Nomad... I seek out and sterilize imperfect life forms.eek.gif
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There are plenty of DVR/PVR options that don't require you to submit to the tracking of your habits. You just have to be willing to live without the features that companies like TiVo offer as part of their services.
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There are plenty of DVR/PVR options that don't require you to submit to the tracking of your habits. You just have to be willing to live without the features that companies like TiVo offer as part of their services.

Actually there is only two options, the TiVo and WMC. Since 90% of my viewing is the premium movie channels and I also own my two CableCards then the TiVo or WMC is the only two choices available to me. Since I do not know what Microsoft is going to do with WMC then the only option is TiVo. Also TiVo is the cheapest option as I will need two extenders, which is two Xbox 360s.
Also for cable users, the end of in the clear QAM is approaching so having anything with out a CableCard slot is a waste of money. Also any cable TV device will need to have the ability to decrypt MPEG 4 QAM 256 streams so this leaves the Series 4 TiVos and possibly WMC. Anything else will be junk.
As for OTA, since the four major broadcast providers is also the same corporations that own almost all of the cable/satellite channels I possibly see a future were these corporations take all of their content to subscription based services. There is no law saying that they must provide anything free to air so they can turn in their 6MHz frequencies anytime they want and there is nothing the government can do about this.

Since I burned through a decent amount of cash in the past 9 years I will not give any of my money to a fly by night Chinese company. I have been following those threads and I can not believe you guys put up with that nonsense.
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Originally Posted by Jed1 View Post

One thing that I liked about the DHG and other devices of that time is there was no way for anybody to track your movements. Today every thing is net connected and it seems everybody wants to collect data on you and sell it. I seen yesterday on TiVo's web site that I can transfer Season Passes to another TiVo but in order to do this I have to give TiVo permission to collect data on me. I wonder why for this one thing? I do not mind being net connected as it has its benefits, but this need to track your every movement is getting out of hand.

As for Star Wars, I was 11 years old and I seen the movie 14 times in the summer of 1977 at the Capitol Theater in Shenandoah, PA. It was a grand theater of our past as it had a balcony and a stage. I paid $1.50 and seen the movie twice as all you had to do was stay in the theater after the 7 o'clock showing to see the 9 o'clock showing. I will always be fond of the Star War franchise and I watched these movies hundreds of time. I even watch them on commercial TV and curse myself as why I put up with the commercials as all I have to do is put on the Blu ray version that I own. I guess now that Disney owns Lucasfilm they will exploit Star Wars to the fullest extent. I guess it will be a wait and see how it turns out.
As for Star Trek I really only like the original series. I do have the movies but I do not enjoy them as much as the original series. I just hope my TiVo doesn't merge with another device on my network and then tells me I..Am...Nomad... I seek out and sterilize imperfect life forms.eek.gif

You've hit on a key point and a big reason we still use the DHG and probably will be for a while. I don't mind TiVo keeping track of what's being watched, but I've got a BIG problem with who's watching what. For a long time I trusted it was only the former but no more. So we will only watch certain channels through the TV tuner or the DHG. I don't believe that anyone should have to worry about an IRS audit depending on whether they watch FNC or MSNBC but sadly, we now all know otherwise. So thank you for bringing this up Jed1, it's been on my mind but I didn't want to be the first.

As for Star Wars, I didn't understand what all the hype was about with the first film although I guess I'm about 7 years older. The second film Empire was terrific and IMHO one of the 10 best movies I've ever seen. I might have had low expectations but I've seen it a few times since and it was the best of the series by far. I also realized that I was in love that night (thanks to Yoda), I know, I'm way too sentimental like Kerry.

The next movie had teddy bears in it. Teddy bears. Are you kidding me?

The rest are all very watchable and fun but hardly masterpieces, and as for Disney taking over I actually think that's a good sign. Note that Empire is the only one that George Lucas did not direct. I enjoyed the last two Star Trek films and am optimistic that J.J. Abrams can do a good job with Star Wars as well.

If you liked the original Star Trek than I'm a bit surprised you didn't like TNG also but to each his own. To me it's more about the story telling than the SciFi and I thought the TNG writers did a good job in that area. The movies? Khan and Voyage Home were good, the rest less so.
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Actually there is only two options, the TiVo and WMC. Since 90% of my viewing is the premium movie channels and I also own my two CableCards then the TiVo or WMC is the only two choices available to me. Since I do not know what Microsoft is going to do with WMC then the only option is TiVo. Also TiVo is the cheapest option as I will need two extenders, which is two Xbox 360s.
If you're wiling to subscribe to pay TV, you can also use the DVR that your provider offers. At least then you'll be spied upon by the same company that sends you the programming, instead of a third party.
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As for OTA, since the four major broadcast providers is also the same corporations that own almost all of the cable/satellite channels I possibly see a future were these corporations take all of their content to subscription based services. There is no law saying that they must provide anything free to air so they can turn in their 6MHz frequencies anytime they want and there is nothing the government can do about this.

The broadcasters would only stop transmitting if offering the service become unprofitable. There will probably come a day when IPTV replaces OTA, but that's going to take a while, and the delay will be long enough that it's too soon to say with any certainty that you won't be able to get your money's worth out of an OTA DVR.
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Since I burned through a decent amount of cash in the past 9 years I will not give any of my money to a fly by night Chinese company. I have been following those threads and I can not believe you guys put up with that nonsense.

I don't use a Chinese DVR, either. Mine is Korean, and it does almost everything I could want it to do. wink.gif
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You've hit on a key point and a big reason we still use the DHG and probably will be for a while. I don't mind TiVo keeping track of what's being watched, but I've got a BIG problem with who's watching what. For a long time I trusted it was only the former but no more. So we will only watch certain channels through the TV tuner or the DHG. I don't believe that anyone should have to worry about an IRS audit depending on whether they watch FNC or MSNBC but sadly, we now all know otherwise. So thank you for bringing this up Jed1, it's been on my mind but I didn't want to be the first.

As for Star Wars, I didn't understand what all the hype was about with the first film although I guess I'm about 7 years older. The second film Empire was terrific and IMHO one of the 10 best movies I've ever seen. I might have had low expectations but I've seen it a few times since and it was the best of the series by far. I also realized that I was in love that night (thanks to Yoda), I know, I'm way too sentimental like Kerry.

The next movie had teddy bears in it. Teddy bears. Are you kidding me?

The rest are all very watchable and fun but hardly masterpieces, and as for Disney taking over I actually think that's a good sign. Note that Empire is the only one that George Lucas did not direct. I enjoyed the last two Star Trek films and am optimistic that J.J. Abrams can do a good job with Star Wars as well.

If you liked the original Star Trek than I'm a bit surprised you didn't like TNG also but to each his own. To me it's more about the story telling than the SciFi and I thought the TNG writers did a good job in that area. The movies? Khan and Voyage Home were good, the rest less so.

There is a movie that used to be on TV once and a while that I have seen since I was young and it made references to Big Brother is Watching. The movie is called Fahrenheit 451, which is the temperature that book paper starts to burn. I kind of feel that we are moving down that road especially with the browser tracking that is heavily used on the internet. It seems everybody wants to know what you are watching, reading, buying in the name of advertising. Google has built its entire business on this model and now everybody else wants to emulate their business model. I see know real reason why TiVo wants to track my viewing habits because I want to transfer SP from one TiVo to the other but doesn't track me if I transfer or stream recordings from one device to another.
The situation that is going on with the IRS and looking at peoples emails and listening to their phone calls is really the peoples fault of thinking that this is going to provide some level of safety in their lives. Unfortunately it will never do that as it will spiral into something else as it is currently doing. I don't blame the IRS but congress for this nonsense as they are the ones with the power to direct any agency to do anything.
An example on the state level is I applied for a maintenance job with my local school district and I found out that I had to get three certifications to go with the application. A background check with the State Police, a background check with the FBI, and also submit to having myself electronically fingerprinted by the FBI. I had to pay the cost of all this, about $200, and it did not guarantee me getting the job. The fingerprinting is done by a corporation that the state contracted with which is 3M corporation. The rub is 3M can maintain my prints on their own corporate database and the FBI puts them on an international database.
The reason this is being done is to prevent a convicted child molester from getting a job, which most people would agree with, but it does not prevent a child molester of getting a job if they were never convicted of a crime. Jerry Sandusky went through this process in 2006 and was certified by the state to be authorized to work with children.
I refused to go through with all this for a $9/hour job. Not worth it to me as I would rather live under a bridge than submit my finger prints to an international database when I never was convicted of any crime.

The nonsense that is going on with the high cost of TV content is also the government fault as they let the TV, movie, and music ownership consolidate into the hands of 6 large corporations. This is happening to the internet access business to. Look at Comcast. They own all the rights to NBC Universal now plus they have over 22 million subscribers with their cable TV operations. I understand that Charter an Cablevision wants to merge plus there is still talk of the two Satellite companies merging together. I hate to say it but it seems the animated movie Wall E is coming true when one corporation will control everything including the government.
I think this whole idea of tracking/spying on people is the norm now as most people do even know its going on and most don't even care as they have become accustomed to it.

I really didn't get to watch Star Trek TNG that much but what I seen of it I did like. One of these days I may purchase the Blu ray box set if or when its available. I also do agree that the Empire Strikes Back is the best of the 6 but I am fond of the whole franchise as it was a big thing in my life as I never seen a movie like it before Star Wars came out. It really appealed to a young persons sense of adventure.
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If you're wiling to subscribe to pay TV, you can also use the DVR that your provider offers. At least then you'll be spied upon by the same company that sends you the programming, instead of a third party.
The broadcasters would only stop transmitting if offering the service become unprofitable. There will probably come a day when IPTV replaces OTA, but that's going to take a while, and the delay will be long enough that it's too soon to say with any certainty that you won't be able to get your money's worth out of an OTA DVR.
I don't use a Chinese DVR, either. Mine is Korean, and it does almost everything I could want it to do. wink.gif

I just turned in a Pace RNG200 when I got my second TiVo. It was nice but it was a lot louder than the TiVo and ran much hotter. It made a good heater in the winter months. I find it amazing that the two Korean CE manufacturers, Samsung and LG, have taken away a lot of the electronics business from the Japanese companies. I guess China will take it from the Koreans.

I have been contemplating today, I think it will be much easier to determine who is not spying/tracking our movements as it seems everybody is doing it.eek.gif
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We will be using the DHG tonight for another third tuner manual record.

The math is over my head; setting the DHG just a couple of hours ahead of time makes it a little easier.

Typically we record about 5 hours to capture a 2 hour show. LOL
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We will be using the DHG tonight for another third tuner manual record.

The math is over my head; setting the DHG just a couple of hours ahead of time makes it a little easier.

Typically we record about 5 hours to capture a 2 hour show. LOL


That works. smile.gif

(especially if you are just going to watch and delete anyway)

- Kerry
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