You may be curious to know what your DVR is capable of doing and how it differs from your standard VCR. A DVR Recording system can be set up to record anything offered over the air via your television set. You can record any of your favorite programs for viewing later at your leisure.
The main difference between a DVR and a VCR is that they are tapeless which make them more flexible and dependable than VCRs. The recording that is done by a DVR goes directly to a hard drive which is similar to the hard drive on your computer. Larger hard drives provide more hours of recorded programming. And, users are generally able to record programs which may not air for days or even weeks. Its possible to record every episode of a television series weeks ahead of time. Lets say youve gone on a trip and dont want to miss your favorite show. All you have to do is set the recording system to record the show while youre away! This pre-programming feature is something that is non-existent in standard VCR systems.
There are many more features and gadgets that are available with a DVR system. It can pause live TV during times when you are suddenly taken away from your favorite program. All you have to do is hit the pause button on your remote control and then resume watching your program when you have taken care of your other business. Its also very easy to fast forward through those irritating commercials or go back and view something that you might want to see again. Even while a show is being programmed, you will have the gear available to rewind and view the entire program again. And, some DVRs let you record while you are watching another program.
Many cable companies, satellite providers and vendors like TiVo provide set top DVRs to their customers. Cable Television companies replace your existing cable box with a set top DVR. Satellite providers use DVRs as receivers along with providing digital recording. The prices on DVRs are dropping at a rapid rate so that they are now available to more consumers. They are also easy to set up and use.
As with any electronic digital equipment, there are a few drawbacks to DVRs. First and foremost, the hard drive space is limited. This means that your hard drive will fill up and you will be unable to record any further until something is erased from the hard drive. All saved programs must be stored on the hard drive or be recorded to a VCR or DVR recorder. And, most companies require that their users subscribe to a service which costs about $13 per month or they may charge a one time fee of approximately $300.00.
DVR recording is easy and fairly inexpensive. It allows you to have better control over the programs you watch and how you watch them. It allows you the convenience of recording programs that you may for some reason have to miss. They offer many more features than standard VCR systems and will provide you with hours of viewing pleasure.