The introduction of the VCR changed so much for the television viewer. Before
the introduction of the VCR, you had to watch the show when it was broadcast by
the network – that was your only option. If you recorded your favorite show, you
were able to watch it when you wanted to – and as many times as you wanted to.
All you needed was a blank video tape and a VCR. That has all changed with the
A DVR, or Digital Video Recorder, is technology that takes all the great
features of a VCR and places it in the digital age. Instead of multiple tapes,
you have a single hard drive. Instead of degrading tape quality issues, shows
are now recorded digitally that can last forever. Instead of programming a VCR
through a complicated interface of tiny buttons on a remote control, you can
program your DVR through a simple point and click interface, possibly even from
your home computer.
In addition to the ability to watch your shows whenever you want to, there is
another benefit to the DVR that most people only mention quietly – the ability
to quickly forward through your commercials. With everything being digital, a 30
second skip can be done with the click of a button. Imagine getting back 10
minutes of your life back for every hour of television your watch!
DVRs come in many shapes and sizes. There are set-top boxes that go right on
your television set. They don’t require any other products to work. Some brand
names of these options include Tivo and ReplayTV. Many satellite companies (and
digital cable companies) such as Dish Network and Direct TV have options as
well. Microsoft Windows Media Center is an option for Windows users. There are
also options for the Mac and/or Linux user.
Once you have a DVR record your shows, you can watch them whenever you want.
Some systems even let you transfer the content to a DVD or your laptop.
The Digital Video Recorder (DVR) changes everything for the television viewer. I
hope you can join the revolution.
|About The Author
Becky Jacobs has been a fan of the DVR since she realized it would let
her watch Seinfeld whenever she wanted to. Her site,
http://www.AKDVR.com, is quickly
becoming a hub for all things DVR.