Digital replacement for my VCR
Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:39 AM
Posted 30 July 2009 - 11:58 AM
Posted 30 July 2009 - 01:43 PM
I do not know if this will change you view, but you can purchase the TiVo "subscription" as monthly, yearly, 3 yearly, or lifetime of the device. Thus, you can effectively make a one time purchase...but it will add about $400 to the price of a TiVo...that would, however, price a TiVo at about the same price as the Philips device through Amazon (which does have it).
In addition, this LG DVD Recorder/VCR supposedly has a digital tuner. I do not know if it will record digital to the VCR, but seems to imply that it can to a DVD:
Posted 30 July 2009 - 03:59 PM
Posted 30 July 2009 - 04:39 PM
Posted 30 July 2009 - 05:43 PM
Posted 30 July 2009 - 07:19 PM
The problem with this option is that unless there is some timer mechanism built into the digital converter, then it might not work for poster. The poster wants to be able to set up a recording (or recordings) to occur when they are away from the house. For this to occur, the timer on the VCR would need to be used. If only one show is to be recorded, then this should not be a problem...he/she could set the converter box to the desired channel to record and use the timer on the VCR to record channel 3 or 4 (which is the channel it would be set to use to "receive" the convert box signal) at the particular time. If, however, the person wants to record different programs on different channels, then he/she would need someway for the converter box to switch channels...and I am not aware of any way for this to occur, unless some versions of the converter boxes have timers in them that can switch channels at a specific time...or a VCR has a remote "controller" extender much like some computer TV cards, etc have that would allow the VCR to send a remote control code to the controller box.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:41 AM
Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:14 AM
The Phillips units have digital tuners, too. The handy feature of them is the ability to record to the hard drive, which that LG doesn't have. My wife & I usually start recording a TV show, then do something else for several minutes before we start watching it and "chase" the show and skip the commercials. You can watch something off the hard drive while you record something else to the hard drive, or watch a DVD while you record something to the hard drive. I don't know anything about TiVo, I have a problem with subscription-based services that can be had for free. My suggestion would be to build a Home Theater PC, which could be done for less than 1/2 of the price of the Phillips units at Amazon. nVIdia's ION platform is a perfect setup. All you'd need in addition to it is a PCIe x1 ATSC TV Tuner Card, some RAM, an OS, a hard drive, and a case. I priced one for about $365 without an OS. That price is higher than it needs to be because of the tiny size. I built my (non-ION, VCR-sized) HTPC for quite a bit less than that since I had most of the parts sitting around, along with XP MCE.
[~197180]'s suggestion of a computer with a digital tuner card is a good suggestion. You can basically "create" a DVR by this route and as long as you can get an Internet connection to it, then you should be able to get the guide information to make the computer work as a PVR. And you can likely do this for about half the price of the Philips box.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 05:51 PM
Posted 31 July 2009 - 10:16 PM
Posted 01 August 2009 - 06:31 AM
Like I said...this will only work if you want to record shows from one channel. If you want to record two or more shows from different channels, then this will not work.
Posted 01 August 2009 - 09:50 PM
Posted 02 August 2009 - 05:57 AM
Posted 02 August 2009 - 06:30 AM
None of this addresses the original poster's problem. His/her problem is needing a device that has a digital tuner that can record shows with a timer. Splitters, A/B switches, etc are largely irrelevant to that issue.
Posted 11 November 2009 - 08:42 AM
You manually set the converter box to the channel you want to record, set the VCR to Ch3 Ch4 or A/V input from the converter box and you're good to go. You can't do multiple recordings on different channels this way but you can do one channel.
Posted 11 November 2009 - 09:39 AM
This is not a recommendation of any kind. It may be total junk and I'm not sure that you can find them anymore but it records over the air
This post has been edited by nonseq: 11 November 2009 - 10:19 AM