Originally Posted by wajo
Good info for VHS copiers, but I'll bet many more would be interested in how you're using and the setup for the "5 MAGNAVOX 2160 & 7 PHILIPS 3576" noted in your sig.!?
Four of the Philips and three of the Maggies were upgraded to 500GB hard drives more than a year ago. One of the Maggies (original 160GB hard drive) has a bad digital tuner. So, here goes:
One Philips in master bedroom running off cable.
One Maggie in computer room running off cable. One Philips in computer room running OTA.
The front living room has one Philips running off cable, the Maggie with bad digital tuner recording from TWC cable box, another two Philips running from both cable and TWC cable box, and one Philips currently unused. The ones running off the cable box get the scrambled HD channels I can't tune on the DVRs.
The back living room has one Philips running off cable and TWC cable box (mostly premium channel movies), a Maggie running the same way, another Maggie running off cable, and one Maggie I am currently watching shows recorded from this past TV season.
Boxes are situated on opposite sides of the TV in the living rooms (mostly one of each brand and each side) and I use cardboard covers to block the remote signals on the ones I am not currently working with.
I don't watch TV shows during the fall and winter--I read books instead. So, beginning in late spring and throughout the summer, I watch all the shows I recorded one show at a time thru completion. For example, yesterday I began watching 19 episodes of Nip/Tuck. Next up is either Justified, Ghost Whisperer, or Bones. Once I am done with the shows on this DVR, I'll swap out for one of the others. By October, I will have enough boxes cleared for next season. I already have three completely cleared. Really only need 4 or 5 for the network shows. I like to split up shows on one network that are back to back and put them on different DVRs. That way I'm sure to get the complete show in each recording.