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Old 01-30-2008, 02:07 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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SO....you would be in a thread like this because???
Because he doesn't have a TV! What else would he be spending his time on? LOL!
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Old 01-31-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Utah
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There are some fee free DVRs out there. When I was contemplating buying a DVR rather than leasing one through the cable company, I found a service provider who would not charge a fee for the onscreen DVR programming/recording capabilities. I opted to just rent one through the cable co because the technology is constantly changing and when leasing, I can just take in the old one and get a new one. If I spent the $400 and bought my own DVR, it would most likely be outdated in a year. Dish Network charges $6/mo for an HD DVR. That rate requires an 18 month committment for their service. Comcast Cable charges $14/month. At least those are the rates in my area.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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There are some fee free DVRs out there. When I was contemplating buying a DVR rather than leasing one through the cable company, I found a service provider who would not charge a fee for the onscreen DVR programming/recording capabilities. I opted to just rent one through the cable co because the technology is constantly changing and when leasing, I can just take in the old one and get a new one. If I spent the $400 and bought my own DVR, it would most likely be outdated in a year. Dish Network charges $6/mo for an HD DVR. That rate requires an 18 month committment for their service. Comcast Cable charges $14/month. At least those are the rates in my area.
I just bought a used Directv TIVO from Ebay for $40. It was worth the price and MORE. One thing I noticed about the Directv brand DVR is the program guide was not very good and I think it was probably a source of some of the recording problems I had. For example some of the programs I wanted to see, I only wanted to see first run shows, as in not re-runs. At times you can't even tell which it is on the Directv brand DVR. That is not the case with the Tivo.
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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I'm looking for a VCR...possibly a VCR/DVD combination.

I'm looking for a VCR, with a tuner...just a VCR like the ones sold a decade or more ago. I'm looking for something I can simply hook up. I want to avoid cable boxes, etc.

It would be great if there is a DVD player with the unit. Otherwise, we'll simply unhook/hook up whichever unit we want to use.

It boils down to this. I see DVD players on sale for $40 or less. The old VCR's with a tuner, could be bought for less than $50. Why can't one buy a VCR with tuner/DVD player for $100?
Walmart Sells VCR-DVD combos for right around $100.00
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:40 PM
 
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dvd recorder with tv tuner - Google Product Search

You can get a dvd recorder with tv tuner for less than a hundred, which is what I'd do. There's no guarantee that blank VHS tapes will be readily available over the next five years, and the quality of recorded dvds will be much better. And since you should be able to reuse dvds over and over again without any loss of quality, the cost of ownership would probably be less.
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