Digital Recorder VCR

Soyo dragon / HOME BUILT
December 11, 2008 at 13:16:36
Specs: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, AMD 2100+/1 GB
OK, it's been a long time since I've asked a dumb question, so now it's time to do that. I am aware that you can no longer buy a stand alone VCR unit with a tuner. Now, excluding TiVo and all those DVR's that come with Direct TV and the like, does anyone know if there will be a VCR type unit, without the tape mechanism and in its place a hard drive to record off of an external antenna like for DTV boxes so you can view and erase to re-record again and again? Dumb question, right? Is there such a beast in the works?

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#1
December 11, 2008 at 14:18:14
Yes, there are digital DVD recorders and digital recorders that use hard drives.

I think a Google search for "digital TV recorders" or DVRs should pick up some places to check.

Personally I use my PC to record TV. All you need is a TV tuner adapter. They come as PCI cards to install internally, or you can get USB tuners.


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#2
December 11, 2008 at 16:27:42
Thanks aegis. I will look into that, but let me ask you something, how do you set a timer to start the recording when you are not home?

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#3
December 11, 2008 at 17:26:45
I use a recording program that lets you set up recording dates, times and channels. I use an old one called 'Power VCR II' by Cyrberlink. But there are several others available.

I would suggest getting one that records in the DIVX or XVID format. They are very popular formats because they give you decent quality without a humongus file size. Mine doesn't, so i have to use a converter.


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#4
December 11, 2008 at 21:04:15
OK, thanks.

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#5
December 11, 2008 at 21:14:15
You're very welcome. Good luck finding a good recorder.

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#6
January 10, 2009 at 01:59:48
Walmart for example has at lease 3 DVD recorders with Hard Disks of 80 or 160
GB with tuners and timer. Price $170 up.

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