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Old 04-09-2008, 07:55 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Shadow
All this talk about HDTV and I was wondering? Will this make my VCRs obsolete?
That depends on your setup. The only thing changing in February is the over-the-air broadcasts so if you are using an antenna then you will need a dtv converter box. The gov is offering $40 off coupons for these, see dtv.gov to order one.

If you are on regular cable (not digital) a vcr will work ,(without a 'box') fine for several more years. My cable co says they have no plans to drop the analog cable at all.

Originally Posted by Jim W
With PVR'* available, you really don't need HDTV - thats the top of the line option. Digital cable is good enough for PVR'*. My PVR records 80hrs of programming, far more then any VHS tape.
Thats all well and good until you need 81 hours or more - then you're up the creek...

My wife records 3 hours every weekday and she is MONTHS behind; fit that on a DVR or figure out how much you'll spend on blank dvd'*; but to be fair I am building a PVR with mirrored 500gb drives and I'm worried it still might not be big enough.
For anyone who might say go raid with those... VHS tapes rarely fail, you don't want to be the one to tell my wife she just lost 4 months of "Her" shows should a drive fail; mirrored is the way to go.
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