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newtodcl
03-09-2011, 01:05 PM
Hi,

All these posts got me interested in what people use to RECORD the programs for later. We would like to get rid of cable and go to just air channels, Netlix, etc - but we do love using our DVR to watch shows without commercials or at a later time and having the whole season record itself is great too:rotfl2:

So, are people using TIVO, recording to a Blueray DVD player, or ?????

mrudman
03-09-2011, 01:25 PM
As far as Netflix goes, the shows are available to watch any day, any time.. wouldn't need to record them.. for example, if you wanted to start watching a series, just start at the 1st epiode, pull it up, watch it.. go on to next episode, etc.

For air channels/live TV, if you give up cable/uverse/etc (whatever you're using).. I don't believe there will be a way to record the live TV anymore.. although I maybe be wrong.

We're in the process of cutting our UVerse, and going to Netflix... have had the Netflix for about 5 months now.. haven't made the last call to UVerse yet (made it in December, but they gave us a 3-month offer too good to refuse)... so within the next few wks, we're gonna cut our UVerse for good..

Have been Very happy with Netflix so far.. dd's have found lots of great classic shows/cartoons to watch.. and will be saving us a bundle every month.

zoemurr
03-09-2011, 01:52 PM
I was just thinking about this last night when we taped Glee on the VCR.. I was wondering if we were the only people that still use one. (They do still work by the way.. and I got this one for $3 at a garage sale.) Certainly not as convenient as the DVR, but that is not an expense I'm willing to spring for.

Many shows you can watch online the next day, but we like to tape it and watch it that night after the kids go to bed.

ssawka
03-09-2011, 02:06 PM
If you hook up a computer to the TV, you can get a TV tuner (either internal or external) and use Windows Media Center (WMC) as a DVR. WMC comes free with Windows 7 Home Premium and above. I built my own computer for this purpose, but I realize that that may not be an option for everyone.

scrapquitler
03-09-2011, 02:39 PM
We have this TiVo unit:
http://www.amazon.com/Humax-DRT800-DVD-R-Recorder-Series2/dp/B00065ZK7M
and it burns DVDs of the shows we have TiVoed.

My husband has also figured out how to record the on-demand shows (from Comcast) onto the TiVo and burn a DVD from it (and then the kids can watch the DVD on the DVD player in the car later). Don't ask me how it works, it's beyond the capabilities of my brain to understand it.

I don't think that you can record the Netflix stream. At least my husband has not figured it out yet (and if it were possible, he probably would have figured it out by now)

SandrA9810
03-09-2011, 04:03 PM
You can rip dvd's to your computer and store them on an external. If there is no streaming of the show. You can either hook it up to a ps3 or your computer to your tv to watch.

Netflix keeps track of which episodes you have watched in a series and if you have stopped midstream. You can either resume playing or play from begining. So it's just like using a dvr.

Tivo might be an option, but i've never used it. I have seen several discount at Blockbusters that were closing.

slobens
03-11-2011, 07:02 AM
Hi,

All these posts got me interested in what people use to RECORD the programs for later. We would like to get rid of cable and go to just air channels, Netlix, etc - but we do love using our DVR to watch shows without commercials or at a later time and having the whole season record itself is great too:rotfl2:

So, are people using TIVO, recording to a Blueray DVD player, or ?????



You'd be surprised but actually there is also pc software for this particular job of recording netflix streaming videos and movies from their watch instantly service.

There's one called Audials Tunebite, I have it on my pc but since it also works to record streaming videos from other sources and video sites I don't use it that often to record Netflix watch instantly.

Anyways this one can capture Netfix movies and save them to your hard disk for later playback without any problems and in pretty nice quality:

audials.com/en/tunebite/index.html

jessica52877
03-11-2011, 07:25 AM
I also use a good ole VCR! We have one in every room that has a tv, in fact, most of them are built into the tv's because ours are just that old.

hsmamato2
03-11-2011, 09:43 AM
As far as Netflix goes, the shows are available to watch any day, any time.. wouldn't need to record them.. .

duh- I never thought of that!:confused3 ok- so what about tv from an antenna?
if we don't have windows 7- what can we do? would a digital dvd recorder/player work?

DawnM
03-11-2011, 10:03 AM
I think you can burn DVDs but then you can't re-record over them.

The drawback for a VHS or DVD is that you have to remember to set the darn thing......no "series record" button! Shoot, I have no idea what time or day things are on because I DVR them all and watch them later.

I am still debating the entire giving up DTV thing.....

Dawn

duh- I never thought of that!:confused3 ok- so what about tv from an antenna?
if we don't have windows 7- what can we do? would a digital dvd recorder/player work?

ExPirateShopGirl
03-11-2011, 10:35 AM
One of the things we like best about using the Netflix and Hulu subscriptions is we can stream those programs to our Roku/Big TV, our iPad, our netbooks, computers, anywhere we have access to wifi. If we are traveling we can still watch our favorite programs and movies. No need to record.

ssawka
03-11-2011, 10:37 AM
I think you can burn DVDs but then you can't re-record over them.

The drawback for a VHS or DVD is that you have to remember to set the darn thing......no "series record" button! Shoot, I have no idea what time or day things are on because I DVR them all and watch them later.

I am still debating the entire giving up DTV thing.....

Dawn

They do have rewritable DVDs

rigs32
03-11-2011, 10:57 AM
We have a computer hooked up to the TV with an HDMI cable. It allows you to use the TV as a second monitor. We then watch the network shows through the network's website (or hulu) and drag the browser to the TV. The audio also comes through the TV then. The quality isn't always as good, especially on our large screen TV, but it's free and better than messing with a VCR.

tink576
03-11-2011, 11:53 AM
To record my basic television I used to use a dvd recorder with re-recordable DVDs...but recently I got an HDD dvd player, It has a hard drive built in and it's just like DVR except I don't have to pay for it, everything just records to the harddrive.

DawnM
03-11-2011, 12:31 PM
Unfortunately, quite a few shows we watch are NOT available through streaming.

Daw

One of the things we like best about using the Netflix and Hulu subscriptions is we can stream those programs to our Roku/Big TV, our iPad, our netbooks, computers, anywhere we have access to wifi. If we are traveling we can still watch our favorite programs and movies. No need to record.

ExPirateShopGirl
03-11-2011, 01:23 PM
There are a couple that my daughter watches that aren't available through Hulu or Netflix. If she isn't able to watch them when they broadcast (we get basic basic cable) she will hook her laptop up to the TV with an HDMI cable and watch it through the network's website on the big screen.

Unfortunately, quite a few shows we watch are NOT available through streaming.

Daw

ExPirateShopGirl
03-11-2011, 01:33 PM
I was talking with one of our pilots yesterday afternoon about the Roku and he was telling me there's an app out now that turns your iphone into another remote control for the Roku. I love technology!!

pixiewings71
03-11-2011, 02:49 PM
We have our TV hooked up to our computer, we use WMC to record all our shows.....we have Windows Vista on our desktop, which is what we have hooked up to our TV, and we have no issues recording our shows. That said, we do have the most basic form of cable you can have, no antennae, cable thru Comcast but it was actually cheaper for us to get the lowest form of cable and the high speed internet we wanted then it was to just have the internet. We are paying $2 less a month for having the basic cable....

DawnM
03-11-2011, 02:58 PM
Really? Not for Time Warner Cable......they told me it would be an additional $15 for basic cable and $33 for upgraded cable but only for the first 12 months, then it would go to $50 more.

I would much rather have your deal.

Dawn

We have our TV hooked up to our computer, we use WMC to record all our shows.....we have Windows Vista on our desktop, which is what we have hooked up to our TV, and we have no issues recording our shows. That said, we do have the most basic form of cable you can have, no antennae, cable thru Comcast but it was actually cheaper for us to get the lowest form of cable and the high speed internet we wanted then it was to just have the internet. We are paying $2 less a month for having the basic cable....

pixiewings71
03-11-2011, 04:23 PM
Really? Not for Time Warner Cable......they told me it would be an additional $15 for basic cable and $33 for upgraded cable but only for the first 12 months, then it would go to $50 more.

I would much rather have your deal.

Dawn

It was a special of some kind, they wanted us to keep the cable, the phone, the internet and they were going to give it to us for $99 a month...but we decided not to go with that and instead to cut the home phone (we all have cell phones), completely and we were going to cut the cable also, but for $2 less it made more sense to keep it. They must be feeling the crunch....they keep trying to get us to add the cable back in. lol

tink576
03-11-2011, 04:30 PM
Really? Not for Time Warner Cable......they told me it would be an additional $15 for basic cable and $33 for upgraded cable but only for the first 12 months, then it would go to $50 more.

I would much rather have your deal.

Dawn

huh, my basic cable for Time Warner Cable is $12 a month.

Golf4food
03-11-2011, 05:18 PM
There are DVRs for over the air TV now that do not need to be hooked up to cable. They function like old VCRs - set a recording start and end time, etc. So no fancy auto record (yet) and no extension if the show runs long - it won't adjust for you. But if you have set shows that already run at the same time you can do it. Any special episodes that are not during regular times will not automatically adjust (i.e. that Sunday finale of Survivor instead of the normal Thursday night).

They aren't cheap, but neither is a regular cable/satellite DVR if you buy it outright and aren't just leasing from the provider.

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