vcr recording Almost gone are the days of scheduling your VCR to record your favorite shows on video tape, and in are the days of using DVR’s or DVD Recorders, the more convenient, efficient way to record shows. As other methods become more and more popular, we were wondering how many people still use VCRs to record shows, and how many have moved on to other methods for recording TV. Before we get into a poll, lets take a look at some of the benefits of using a DVR, DVD Recorder, or even a VCR.

Benefits of a DVR Recorder (digital video recorder):

  • Take control of your TV – pause and rewind it if necessary
  • All of your recorded content is contained inside the unit
  • Save money by not having to purchase VHS tapes

Benefits of a DVD Recorder

  • If you use a re-writable disc, you can use the disc multiple times
  • Great quality!
  • DVDs are fairly cheap these days

Benefits of a VCR Recorder – it may be hard to notice the benefits of a VCR, but they’re there!

  • You can rewind VHS tapes and reuse them which means you can use the tapes over and over again
  • They’ve been around for so long which means they probably won’t disappear for good
  • Ease of use – because it has been around for a while, most people already know how to use a VCR to record

So with that, we’ll go ahead and get our new poll started.

How do you record your TV shows?

  1. I use a DVR (TiVo, Computer, etc.)
  2. DVD Recorder
  3. VCR
  4. I don’t record TV Shows
  5. Other

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There Are 7 Comments

  1. also another huge benefit of VCR is that you failed to mention is that you will always been able to play back the content given that the Tape is properly maintained, but with DVD-R Recorders if there’s a glitch the whole recording is worthless but with glitches in VCRs you just fast forward over the bad part in and continue but you can’t do that with DVD-Rs.

  2. I do not have a vcr or tivo or dvr, unfortunately as I used to have dvr and miss it.

    However, I am able to get electronic copies to watch.

  3. I’m cheap. Instead of getting a DVR for a couple hundred bucks, not to mention monthly use fees; I got a VHS tape from the 99cent store. It may not be fancy, but I can record up to 6hrs EP (lesser quality than SP) and then just rewind and record over :)

  4. Never really thought I would need a DVR, until I started my new job this past summer and discovered trying to find a stand-alone VCR was nearly impossible. Now I cain’t imagine not having a DVR. Everything is available from the touch of a button, no hunting for a disc or a tape (especially for longer programs). Even better no complicated programing, just go thru the interactive program guide and select what I want to record.

  5. I don’t watch any TV other than certain sporting events that I care about…and when those do come on, I make the time to watch them, or I just move on with my life.

    So no taping for me.

  6. I have a Windows Media Center PC setup and a Replay TV that will both record shows I want to watch. So I’m 100% a DVR person. After you begin using a DVR it is hard to imagine sticking a tape in and needing to rewind it. It quickly becomes one of those things you take for granted, and it’s especially nice that I can schedule shows to record even when I’m away from my computer.

  7. Another advantage of using a VCR is that you can take the tape to another location and watch it. I tape shows at home and take them to work to watch. With a DVD you have to write protect the disc to watch it on another DVD and then you can’t re-wright over it. I like to watch my shows on a TV screen and not a computer screen also, so those websites that lets you watch programs over the net isn’t good for me.

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