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Old 11-29-2006, 11:47 AM
 
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UGH........my vcr went out after 30yrs, I went out and got another since I just record, and that is about it, when I want to watch a movie I do pay per view on my dishnetwork.
Now, i am disgruntled because when I do want to get a movie, which is usually the library, all they have now is DVD's? UGH!
And most of the video places are all DVD's...........as always I am behind on the times......
So, do I get a DVD player to go with my VCR player? or should I get a combo?
And should I get a DVD with a recorder and switch over all my VCR tapes? YIKES.

You are talking to someone who just bought her first CD player last year, I KNOW I WAIT UNTIL SOMETHING BREAKS BEFORE I BUY NEW. I think I just am afraid of new, and really am so used to the old that I don't even WANT to mess with the new.

Everyone I know laughs at how old fashioned I am.

Are DVD's really that much better?
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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The picture quality is far superior if you have a new tv
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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DVDs take up a lot less space to store.
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:12 PM
 
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I have "boxes:" of movies on tape. I do not want to go re-buy those movies on DVD. I am clueless on how to transfer my tapes to DVD. It seems like it would be so much work. I do have a Dvd player and now buy movies on Dvd only!
Same thing with my home video's on tape. I need to update my camcorder to DVD.
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:36 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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DVD's are better quality and it is easier to start at a certain point than it is a vhs tape. And the space they take up is also another +. Be careful on the DVD recorders. This is a ROYAL PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not every DVD Player, recorder or dvd itself is the same. You have different types and they are all "read" differently. There is DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, etc. So if you say buy a Panasonic DVD recorder and record something on disc and then try to play it on a Sony or JVC DVD player it may not read it. For once I would LOVE for these companies to just pick one type and stick with it. If you look on the manual and it should also be on the tag at the store and sometimes on the front of the DVD player/recorder itself it will tell what type of DVD's it works with.
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:44 PM
 
Location: STL
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Ahh.. I just got my dad to switch to dvds a couple months ago!!
I would recomend getting the dvd/vcr combo. Get one with the recording to dvd feature this way you can change over your favorite movies to dvd. And you can still watch them right now. Eventually that tape in the VCR tapes are going to give out from frequent watch.. so you might as well get on it now!

Dvds have better picture I think. Not to mention they are so much more convient to flip through scenes with the menus they have. Plus.. if you can luck out and find a dvd player in a surround sound.. they will play your cds too.. so you will end up getting multiple use out of it in the end.
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:58 PM
 
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DVD's are better quality and it is easier to start at a certain point than it is a vhs tape. And the space they take up is also another +. Be careful on the DVD recorders. This is a ROYAL PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not every DVD Player, recorder or dvd itself is the same. You have different types and they are all "read" differently. There is DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, etc. So if you say buy a Panasonic DVD recorder and record something on disc and then try to play it on a Sony or JVC DVD player it may not read it. For once I would LOVE for these companies to just pick one type and stick with it. If you look on the manual and it should also be on the tag at the store and sometimes on the front of the DVD player/recorder itself it will tell what type of DVD's it works with.
Good tip! Thank you
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Old 11-29-2006, 01:06 PM
 
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Different know that u can get one that won't read another brand of DVD.......Now what do u look for?
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Old 11-29-2006, 01:12 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Different know that u can get one that won't read another brand of DVD.......Now what do u look for?
If you have multiple DVD players in your house then find out which ones they read. Same goes w/ your camcorder if it is a DVD one. You also have to buy the right kind of DVD disc to record onto. With all of this craziness it is good to pick one brand of electronics when it comes to the whole DVD issue and stick with that one. Some play/record several. It is rather strange to explain and I had trouble even getting the guy AND the manager at a large corp electronic store to explain it to me. Some of them don't even understand it themselves or even know. If you have found an electronic store that you like and they are well informed they should be able to help guide you thru it and explain it better than I ever could. Next time you are at the store just look at the blank DVD discs they have that you can buy and see how many different types there are just to get an idea. This same thing drives me crazy with cell phones, each model even by the same company requires a different charger. urghhhhhhh
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Old 11-29-2006, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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The picture quality is far superior if you have a new tv
Very true, the old 90's tv's won't give you the best picture even if you purchase a high-end DVD player. I always buy the same brand of DVD Player, TV, Surround Sound System, etc; it just makes everything much simpler.

I highly recommend a DVD and VRC Recorder, then you can convert all your tapes to dvd's. You can find good ones from $150-$200, look for specials and you may even find a few for less.
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