Originally Posted by Lazza
I have to admit that I am astounded at the number of DVDRs some of you guys own. Can I ask, on average, how many hours do you record to HDD for time-slipping purposes and how many DVDs do you burn? I am new (since February) to the DVDR world, owning both a 3576 and 2160a. Both machines combined I expect to burn about 50 DVDs for each of the next 2-3 years, mostly in the form of dubbing VHS tapes to DVDs, and I record perhaps 12-14 hours per week OTA broadcasts to HDD (, ... with the contents deleted after viewing). I thought that my usage of these machines would be considered an average load. But judging by what you guys are doing I am barely working the units at all. Oh, and as you can gather I don't view the 160 gb HDD as any sort of limitation for me.
Perhaps 2 reasons why my usage may be relatively light:
- I record OTA broadcasts only. I had grown weary of forking over money to sat/cable companies every month. With sat/cable I would be tempted to record movies and archive them to DVD for (much) later viewing. With OTA the choices are limited, especially for movies w/o commercial interruptions . . .
Anyway, I'm just curious as to some of the other usage patterns out there.
PS - my DVDR usage could easily be accommodated by a single machine but I a second for backup purposes, and I like doing my dubbing work in an out of the way location (my bedroom) so as not to hog the primary machine (located in my living room).
The lion's share of my "time-shifting" is early talkies through the film noir era as programmed by Turner Classic Movies. TCM is an "analog" service found in Comcast's "digital premium" tiers of service. In our area a Comcast STB is required to receive this encoded (scrambled) channel.
I currently have one Magnavox 2160, one Philips 3575, one Panasonic DMR-EZ28 and three DMR-EZ17 models set up to record TCM. This arrangement is spread between my home office and bedroom. The most recently posted full description, with photos, is found here:https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5#post16748675
Since that description was posted a Magnavox 2160 was swapped into the place of the Magnavox ZV450MW8A and the Philips 3576 has been reconfigured as an ATSC (OTA) machine.
These "recording centers" provide flexibility for scheduling timer recordings well in advance using TCM's monthly Now Playing magazine. There is also enough flexibility to incorporate "last minute" schedule modifications and programming changes (including short subjects added to the online schedule about a week in advance of showing).
"Copy protection" has not yet become a problem with my TCM recording arrangement. Since TCM is now offering a "digital/HD" feed it's only a matter of time until this programming will have the "copy protection" flag that may restrict or prohibit recording. Another consequence of offering TCM in "HD" may be the liklihood that TCM may at some future date give up their "uncut and commercial free" format for an infusion of advertising revenue (commercials). When that occurs TCM may likely follow AMC into the abyss. For that reason I archive now
all that interests me.
I record very little from other cable services or OTA channels. Nevertheless I have one Magnavox 2080 and one 2160 set up to record the Comcast clear QAM channels, one EZ17 is enslaved to a Comcast DTA (an extended basic converter box), one EZ17 is set up for dual use (switchable between a TCM or clear QAM feed) and one Philips 3576 is set up to record OTA channels.
How many hours of programming do I record? This varies greatly from day to day or week to week. In the last seven days (July 19-25) I have (so-far) finalized thirty DVDs. DVDs recorded on my Panasonic recorders generally have around four hours of programming content; DVDs recorded on my Philips and Magnavox recorders generally have around three hours of programming content. A quick survey indicates around 114 hours of programming recorded to DVDs that have been finalized in the last week. This does not take into consideration hard drive recordings that have not yet been dubbed to DVDs (perhaps another fifteen hours of programming) and four more DVDs in the process of recording. These four DVDs will be finalized later today.
My index of home-recorded DVDs currently lists a few more than 25,800 time-shifted titles. One may ask if indexing and storage is a problem with such an extensive archive. I respond to these matters in this and several follow-up posts in the same thread:https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post16761443
Most of my eleven functional Panasonic ES series recorders (six of which have each accumulated between 3,000 and 4,400 recording hours) are set aside for standby service or rotation into daily service during regular Panasonic DVD Drive service intervals. One of my six functional 2006 DMR-ES35V combo recorders is as-new, never having been placed in service.
The flexibility of my current set up allows quick transition of recording assignments from two EZ17 recorders in the bedroom to the nearby Philips and Magnavox recorders (if the need arises) or swapping in standby recorders.
In September 2007 I concluded a ten month project transferring to DVD selected portions (5,200 titles) of my near twenty year accumulation of videotapes (largely early talkies through the film noir era as recorded from The Nostalgia Channel, pre-2002 AMC, and TCM). This project usually had four Panasonic recorders in operation up to sixteen hours per day but sometimes as many as seven Panasonic recorders in operation up to eighteen hours per day.