VCR substitute for recording

June 16, 2009 at 08:42:48
Specs: Windows XP
Is there a dvd recorder/player type and DVD that can be used for recording/playing tv programs AND the DVD can be erased and reused multiple times, as with the MUCH MISSED VCRs? It is not pratical for me to use a computer with this tv, nor do we want cable/satelite service. The so-called 're-usable' DVDs I have tried only can be erased one time. I cannot believe that someone would not replace the niche of a SMALL TV with re-usable recorder device like we had with VCR-TV combos! I can't be the only one who misses these??? Or that I have to throw away 3 dvds a week in order to record the news (dvds also do not hold as much content as the old VCR). The only VCR recorders I can find are combined with DVDs - which makes them way too big for a small area.

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June 16, 2009 at 15:38:48
There are video recorders that record to a hard disk. Some DVD
recorders can record to DVD-RW or DVD-RAM. Reusable
DVD's may have to be reformatted to be used again. DVD
recorders can record up to 6hrs per disk. Like tape the quality is
greatly reduced in the extended modes.

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June 17, 2009 at 03:28:13

A re-usable recorder device is now called a digital recorder
it uses a internal hard drive to record one channel while
you watch another , it simply saves the tv programme to hard drive, allowing you to re-watch at a later time, any time.

there are dual channel digital recorders that record up to two channels.

If you want to record the programme saved then out put to a dvd recorder for permanent dvd back up.

google around for 'DVD recorders with hard drive'.
hi jefro Tivo went bust here in the UK , the big cartel here is Virgin media, Sky and freeview, (maybe setanta euro & their future is in the balance) only one free ;l) a lot of ppl are using the internet subscription sites for the sport channels as sky charge ridiculous amounts for say one boxing match or footy match, ppl use the recorders as the matches are out of UK time zone
like 4am.

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June 17, 2009 at 12:55:29
I have a DVD recorder, I love it with the exception of the destroying DVD-RW disks.

While I get more than one time your unit may have other issues.

Start with buying better or at least different brand DVD-RW's.

Also try to erase the disk on the computer then install back into DVD recorder and try to format it. It may be the erase laser bad in your recorder.

I suspect Tivo had paid off or threatened lawsuits against dvd recorders. I call that a monopoly.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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