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Old 09-16-2017, 01:06 PM
 
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Remember when you used a VCR to record all of your TV shows? Does anyone miss using those things?

What would it be like today if you had to record all of your favorite shows today with one?
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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I thought I would, but no. On-demand makes that a thing of the past for me.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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No.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:24 PM
 
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The DVR is far superior to VCR.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Lake Grove
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The DVR is far superior to VCR.
Too bad I need a 10 year old to show me how to use it.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:31 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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Too bad I need a 10 year old to show me how to use it.
I can imagine that "Record" button can be a real humdinger
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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Too bad I need a 10 year old to show me how to use it.
Much easier than using a VCR.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Remember when you used a VCR to record all of your TV shows? Does anyone miss using those things?
I don't miss the VCR era at all because I never left it.

I have a roof antenna so I don't have to pay the thieves at the cable TV company.

The roof antenna is connected to 4 digital-to-analog converters, each in turn connected to a separate VCR.

I can tape up to 4 shows simultaneously and watch them on a 5th VCR in my TV room whenever I want and zap through the commercials.

If I want any other programming I go to youtube or the networks that stream video.

I do remember when VCRs were a couple of hundred each but for a long time now I've been picking up replacements at Goodwill for under $5 each and keep them as spares.

Thank you, all of you who donate your old VCRs to Goodwill.
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Old 09-16-2017, 02:30 PM
 
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With the VCR you had control over what you could keep. With DVRs you don't own the shows you record, you just rent the viewing opportunity for a while. I'm sure there are additional fees you can pay that will allow you to keep shows longer, maybe even indefinitely, but the VCR was so simple and straightforward. I want to own my favorite documentaries, shows, and episodes, and not be subject to the whims of On Demand availability. I still have my collection of thousands of labeled and catalogued videotapes, and two VCRs, one with copying capability.

I realize that we are in a new era. Younger people frequently don't own CDs or books, let alone DVDs--they rely on the availability of everything they like/need on the Web, from music to movies to the "printed" word. Somehow the very idea of ownership of certain collectibles seems to have vanished with the easy access to information and entertainment on the Internet. That absolutely baffles me--how can people be so trusting that the digital culture of today will exist in the future? And how can you access important information/entertainment of the past if it is not available on the web? I have been used to researching, tracking down, and buying such items, sometimes going to paper and memorabilia shows to find them. Those shows are being discontinued, because nobody is buying those items anymore. A whole culture of pride in collections is disappearing. I want hard copies of everything that's important to me, and if it's documents, preferably on good paper. (In addition to that, I also keep digital copies on flash drives...). The only videotapes I have thrown out are taped copies of old favorite movies which I now own on DVD.

Guess you touched a nerve there, OP!
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Old 09-16-2017, 02:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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With the VCR you had control over what you could keep. With DVRs you don't own the shows you record, you just rent the viewing opportunity for a while. I'm sure there are additional fees you can pay that will allow you to keep shows longer, maybe even indefinitely, but the VCR was so simple and straightforward. I want to own my favorite documentaries, shows, and episodes, and not be subject to the whims of On Demand availability. I still have my collection of thousands of labeled and catalogued videotapes, and two VCRs, one with copying capability.

I realize that we are in a new era. Younger people frequently don't own CDs or books, let alone DVDs--they rely on the availability of everything they like/need on the Web, from music to movies to the "printed" word. Somehow the very idea of ownership of certain collectibles seems to have vanished with the easy access to information and entertainment on the Internet. That absolutely baffles me--how can people be so trusting that the digital culture of today will exist in the future? And how can you access important information/entertainment of the past if it is not available on the web? I have been used to researching, tracking down, and buying such items, sometimes going to paper and memorabilia shows to find them. Those shows are being discontinued, because nobody is buying those items anymore. A whole culture of pride in collections is disappearing. I want hard copies of everything that's important to me, and if it's documents, preferably on good paper. (In addition to that, I also keep digital copies on flash drives...). The only videotapes I have thrown out are taped copies of old favorite movies which I now own on DVD.

Guess you touched a nerve there, OP!
I can see wanting something tangible but video tapes are horribly volatile. The media degrades horribly over the years and can be worn out simply from over playing. On top of everything else they take up huge amounts of space. Conversely I have hundreds of full tv series in digital format that only takes up the size of the hard drive they are on. There are backups of each as well.

You also make the statement of how people can trust that the digital culture of today will exist in the future. The irony of that is that the technology you are relying on currently no longer exists as VCRs are no longer manufactured. The beauty of today's digital files is they can always be converted into newer technology without degradation in quality..

None of that is meant to be a condemnation. Just a counter-argument.
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