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Can a DVR replace a VCR?

post #1 of 8
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Can I get a DVR to replace my VCR for tv recordings if I have analog cable service? My cable company is Service Electric.

Thanks.

EDIT: Perhaps I need a DVD Recorder with VCR Plus?
post #2 of 8
What a VCR?

If you're just using a VCR for time-shifting, then a DVR is not only capable, but a far superior product for the job.
post #3 of 8
A DVD recorder with a hard drive is the best of both worlds for analog time shifting. One day, hopefully, there will be units that support digital QAM and ATSC although now there only appear to be units without hard drives. Tivo Series 3 is a good example although it doesn't include the burner and many feel it is too expensive.

Much of my viewing is time-shifted material. What's a commercial?

YMMV

PS - Being a veteran of VCR time-shifting I have to advise that with any of these techs so far, it is always a good idea to pad the recordings: add time at the beginning and at the end. Tivo and the cableco DVRs get their schedule data from several services but the programmers and broadcasters don't always tell when a show is extended.
post #4 of 8
I have a similar situation...

I have basic cable... I hardly ever watch TV but my Girlfriend has a few shows she watches twice a week, and we'll usually catch the evening news.

While I have a full home theater setup in the basement we don't use it for TV at all. We have an old 25" CRT in the upstairs living room for that.

As of right now the shows she likes to watch get auto recorded with a VCR since their timeslot overlaps with her work schedule.

I'd like to get a PVR to replace the VCR but I'm not looking to spend a whole lot of money on it... like the OP (I'm assuming) I want something that will directly replace the VCR.

I don't want or need a subscription service or any fancy features... i have a few 400GB hard drives laying around that I could throw in a box if that will help reduce the cost.

Basically I want something for less than $200 where I can set an analog channel number and a time slot to record and then play that recording back later with no additional costs. Heck it doesn't even need to come with a HDD, I can provide my own if need be.

is there a DVR on the market that can meet those needs?
post #5 of 8
A DVD recorder with built-in tuner might do the job you want, its a VCR replacement.
There may even be a few models with both HDD and DVD recorder built-in.
post #6 of 8
If you are only concerned about analog channels, buy a used standalone TIVO that has a LIFETIME subscription off of E-bay. Most run in the $300 range, but if you can find posts in the low $200s

You can upgrade to 100s of hours of storage it desired.
post #7 of 8
I have an HDTV connected to a VCR and a rooftop antenna. I do not have cable,dish,etc. just over the air broadcasts. My questiion is what do I replace the vcr with to record tv shows? I have an uopconverting dvd player which I am also wondering if the changover in February will affect that too? It just plays dvd's.
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Originally Posted by I WANT TO LEARN View Post

I have an HDTV connected to a VCR and a rooftop antenna. I do not have cable,dish,etc. just over the air broadcasts. My questiion is what do I replace the vcr with to record tv shows? I have an uopconverting dvd player which I am also wondering if the changover in February will affect that too? It just plays dvd's.

The Philips DVDR3575H/37 is a great replacement for a VCR. Has 160GB HDD, NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners so you're future-proofed (great for OTA reception), 36 program timer slots, and lots more goodies.

The 3575 is last year's model and you can find mostly factory refurbs for $189. The 3576 is this year's model for $248, and a clone of the 3576 is the Magnavox H2160 for $237 or thereabouts.

Click #1 in my signature for lots of organized info on all three models.
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