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Old 03-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #1  
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We have old tv's & use vcr's to record on(Dish is our provider) as we like the portability of the tapes(we view on a 3rd tv in our exercise room that has no signal to it). We were thinking of upgrading to the new Hopper/Joey system w/highdef, tho we would then have to purchase new televisions and our monthly Dish bill would also increase. As we hardly ever watch live TV, just the tapes, we would be upgrading mainly for a clearer picture.
As Dish is doing us no favors financially in our effort to upgrade, we are brainstorming to see what alternatives we have so that we can record from one television and view on another. Our vcr's are ok, we have not seen anywhere there is a dvr that does not incur a monthly fee.
Is a dvd recorder something that could work similar to our current vcr's? Tape a show and watch it the next day? All our vcr's are vcr/dvd combo.
We are open to any suggestions.

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:57 AM   #2  
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After 10 years with Dish and multiple negotiations to upgrade our standard definition system to HD, I finally found it was much cheaper to switch to DirecTV and take advantage of their new customer promotions. Dish has similar new customer deals but as an existing customer, they refused to let me take advantage of them. The change got me HD, 2-channel DVR, free equipment and installation, and multi-room viewing capability. This all for about half what I was paying Dish for the first year. After all the promotions ran out, I'm still a few dollars cheaper than if I had just stayed with my old Dish standard definition system and a lot cheaper if I had paid for the new antenna, DVR, receiver, HD service and installation, none of which was offered free.

Hell, after my 2-year commitment, maybe I'll switch back again as a new customer!
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Old 03-23-2012, 11:54 AM   #3  
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There are very few ways to accomplish what you are trying to do, and most or all require a dedicated computer that would record onto its hard disc. You would then have to copy the shows to a DVD and play that on the other TV.

No such thing as a digital or HD VCR.
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:54 PM   #4  
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There are very few ways to accomplish what you are trying to do, and most or all require a dedicated computer that would record onto its hard disc. You would then have to copy the shows to a DVD and play that on the other TV.

No such thing as a digital or HD VCR.
Although they are rare I believe JVC had/has a D-VHS (digital vhs) VCR. I think they are no longer in production like hd-dvd machines but the d-vhs tapes I have still seen sold.
DoctorCad is right though for all "practical purposes" they don't exist
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:14 PM   #5  
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Thanks for input . We decided to bite-the-bullet and upgraded Dish w/the new Hopper & Joey.
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:12 AM   #6  
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Thanks for input . We decided to bite-the-bullet and upgraded Dish w/the new Hopper & Joey.
A few years ago, Sears sold D-VHS VCRs. However, they were predicted to disappear and they have. A DVR is a far better choice for recording OTA or cable. A VCR can record 2-8 hours of programming. ChannelMaster's CM7400 ATSC DVR can record several days of programming. I am no particular fan of the Dish Network. However, its Hopper DVR's ability to record several programs at once is truly awesome.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:41 PM   #7  
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A few years ago, Sears sold D-VHS VCRs. However, they were predicted to disappear and they have. A DVR is a far better choice for recording OTA or cable. A VCR can record 2-8 hours of programming. ChannelMaster's CM7400 ATSC DVR can record several days of programming. I am no particular fan of the Dish Network. However, its Hopper DVR's ability to record several programs at once is truly awesome.
The Channel Master CM7000 PAL is for OTA only and would be of no use to the OPs unless they switched to using an antenna.
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:38 AM   #8  
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ePVision is finally releasing their long anticipated OTA & CATV DVR in less than 10 days;
http://www.epvision.com/HDTVSTB/phdvrxmain.htm
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We decided to bite-the-bullet and upgraded Dish w/the new Hopper & Joey.
Another feeding the MSO's (and equivalent).
Paid for all those those internal tuners that are just sitting there doing nothing.

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Old 04-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #9  
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I still own two different format HD VCRs. D-VHS which can record 720p and 1080i input over firewire connection and W-VHS which can record analog 1080i input over component video. I think both work very well but there is no practical use for products like this in the age of the DVR or recording to PC. If I recall correctly, W-VHS was first available in the late '90s and D-VHS around 2003. D-VHS VCRs limited to standard definition were also available around 2002 for a couple of years to record satellite TV, both Dish Network and DirecTV could be recorded but with different incompatible D-VHS VCRs. I also still own the standard definition variety.

JVC had W-VHS and D-VHS HD VCRs and Panasonic, Mitsubishi and Marantz (made by JVC) had D-VHS HD VCRs.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:10 PM   #10  
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I realize that this is an old thread but I'm still looking for help. For the last few years, we've recorded(with the vcr timer) children's progrms so that when we are away in the RV or at the cabin, we can play them back to keep the kids entertained. Is this still possible with the new dtv?
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DVR's are VCR's with hard drives instead of tape. Pretty much the same process w/o the cassette.
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