The VCR is dead long live the VCR..

Or Not.....  OK It Is Time To Say Good-By...

By Mike Lipshultz

Those that are die-hard VCR fans have good reasons not to agree that the VCR really is dead.

VCRs are very easy to operate and are extremely low cost.
The cost is so low it's easy to have one in every room of the house making it very easy to watch a movie (or other recorded programing) in every room.
VCR tape is cheap and easily reusable and can record up to 9 hours on one tape.

Well those are just some of the reasons why VCR fans just don't want to let go of the dead horse.

Dead horse? Really is that not being kind of well mean? Unfortunately no not at all.

The truth is in 2005 JVC became the last manufacturer to make a freestanding VCR. The only VCRs currently being offered new are units combined with a DVD recorder.

Also when was the last time you tried to buy new VCR blank tape? It's even hard to find at Wal Mart. Hay, I did not even about prerecorded tapes!
So whether you like it or not you better start to realize that your beloved VCR is dead.

"But Mike I can buy great used VCRs everywhere for 5 to 25 bucks each, so how can they be dead???"

Look, dead technology is always cheap so don't argue the fact that it's alive because you can buy used ones cheap.

Don't get me wrong, I love my VCRs!!!

Yes, you see I am one of those VCR heads. Really, I have about 10 or so VCRs around the house and quite a number of backup units ready to go. And after having a hard time finding extra length tapes a few years ago I bought several years worth of tapes. As in I have at least a good year to 2 worth of tapes left.

But sadly I must admit my beloved VCRs really are dead.

So what's a VCR lover to do?

Well that's the question and over the next coming months we're going to take an in-depth look at it and report back to you.

As I am writing this article I am getting used to using a TiVo . In addition to a DVD recorder or two.

Now a modern DVD recorder is the most like a VCR. In fact it's really the same as a VCR with the only difference being that it records on a DVD disc for up to 8 hours instead of a VCR tape for up to 9 hours. The recorded DVD can be played back on any DVD player or recorder or computer. And just like your beloved VCR requires no paid subscription service. It just needs a signal to record.

On the other hand there is TiVo. All modern TiVo's require a subscription service in order to be able to record anything. TiVo makes models that will work with your cable TV or satellite or your broadcast antenna or a combination of all. Including all your digital channels. To watch your TiVo programming in different rooms you will have to do it through your computer or have additional TiVo's in each room. But that's the basics of TiVo. Depending upon your cable or satellite provider there can be other solutions. And through the internet and a smartphone or tablet you can watch your TiVo almost anywhere.

But for now we're going to take a look at what happens when you take a guy's beloved VCRs away from him.

We will be over the next few months getting to know our new TiVo very well. We will also keep playing with our DVD recorders.

We will also try to bring into the mix something that's not a DVD recorder and something that's not a TiVo. It's what's known as a DVR. A digital video recorder. It function like a VCR or DVD recorder in the fact that no subscription service is needed. But it records digitally and is not as easy to view moving room to room like a DVD recorder is. But can offer internet connectivity.

So what device will make this VCR guy happy????

Will it be the familiarity of a VCR recorder in the form of a DVD???

Will it be the super easy to use TiVo???

Or the often overlooked DVR????

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