Sometimes keeping up with technology is a seemingly impossible task. When the time comes to replace your video cassette recorder you will likely be introduced to DVR players as the modern substitute.
By Craig Friesen
December 31, 1969
A DVR or digital video recording device is the natural advancement in technology for the home. You are probably familiar with compact discs (CD) and digital video discs (DVD). The DVR player is what most of us will think of as recordable DVD's.
You Are at the Cutting Edge with DVR?
In terms of function, the DVR is similar to a VCR except that the DVR player records television data in a digital format rather than analog. Practically speaking this means that instead of going forwards or backwards on a cassette tape you can instead move immediately to the place you want. You do not need to wait for the digital video recording to rewind before viewing it - like a DVD you just jump to where you want to go.
Like other things digital, a DVR will give you a nearly perfect copy of what you are watching on television. The DVR player writes the data from your television onto a hard disk drive similar to the one in your computer. A subscription service is required for the programming information and, using the provided software, to encode the data for you. You can then copy the programs you want to keep onto digital video discs for playing on any DVD player.
Purchasing Your DVR Player
A DVR, sometimes called a personal video recorder, can be purchased for as little as $150 and for as much as $700 or more. Higher priced digital video recording devices may include your subscription service as well as a range of features not available on lower priced models. Cost aside you will definitely be happier with a DVR player as the quality and features truly make VCR's obsolete.
About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.
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