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    Need help with DVR VCR question

    I probably watch too much TV if I have this problem.

    There are several nights during the week that I want to simultaneously record more than the two programs allowed by my cable company supplied DVR. Up till lately I've used my 20 year old VCR to fill the gap. Unfortunately, the VCR may have given up the ghost. I've looked around and VCR's with tuners are hard to find and most have a DVD included. I only use this for about 40 hours of recording a year and don't really want to have all the extra capabilities.

    I was hoping to find a DVR that you set up like a VCR. You know, set the channel and time and it just records. No complicated program guides, subscriptions, etc.

    I admit to not being well informed in this area, so I am hoping one of you are better informed and can steer me in the right direction.
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    Rennie,

    What type of cable service do you have?

    We have digital and as a result of the higher frequency, I don't believe either of our DVR/VCRs will record directly from the cable itself.

    My complaint with this type of system is the inability of recording certain woodworking shows for long term viewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    Rennie,

    What type of cable service do you have?

    We have digital and as a result of the higher frequency, I don't believe either of our DVR/VCRs will record directly from the cable itself.

    My complaint with this type of system is the inability of recording certain woodworking shows for long term viewing.
    I have the HD package, but the basic cable (lower channel numbers) are still analog so my 20 yr old machine had no problem with them.
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    Why not just use your computer?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156023

    If the tuner still works on your VCR, Connect the S-Video out and audio to a gizmo like this. Capture the video, then burn it to a DVD.

    (Note, I don't own this device, but there are a lot of them out there like this)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Why not just use your computer?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812156023

    If the tuner still works on your VCR, Connect the S-Video out and audio to a gizmo like this. Capture the video, then burn it to a DVD.

    (Note, I don't own this device, but there are a lot of them out there like this)...
    This is an old unit - no S video. The video output is what is not working. Also, we don't save these, we just watch them and then record over them the following week.
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    Might be able to use a Tivo device, I think they have an RF cable input.

    http://www.tivo.com/products/tivo-premiere/index.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Might be able to use a Tivo device, I think they have an RF cable input.

    http://www.tivo.com/products/tivo-premiere/index.html
    Isn't the $20 per month subscription required to make it work?
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    oh, sorry, don't know much about them. Was thinking they were just a recording device.
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    I 'think' you can still use them as simple recorders, but you won't have any guide information on them.

    http://support.tivo.c
    om/app/answers/detail/a_id/18


    Back to the computer, you could always dump one of these into an old pc. Kind of a pain. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815116028


    Maybe a USB 2.0 Version?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16815100048

    Coax hooks right up and you could record it straight to your computer or laptop.

    http://dvr.about.com/od/tvcapturemethods/ht/ht1.htm

    Did ya ever think about going to ebay and just buying another VCR?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Did ya ever think about going to ebay and just buying another VCR?
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