Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) can make your television viewing much more enjoyable. No more rushing home to catch the first few minutes of your program, no more phone calls that make you miss the final event in the plotline. Record your program and fear not. The ability to record while watching a television program or to set a program to be recorded a week ahead of time is a great family option and worth the extra money for many. However, when choosing a DVR it's important to weigh the benefits of the recorder rented from your cable provider or the recorder purchased from an electronics store.
Sports fans are especially fond of DVRs. The afternoon ballgame can be viewed after work and instant replay (either creating it or skipping over it) is under the control of the viewer. The downside? Don't listen to the news or the radio before watching your recording; you'll ruin the game.
Anyone who wakes at 5 am for work most likely never saw Leno, Conan, or Chelsea. Now you can. Set your recorder to record any of the shows that you've always wanted to see but never have. You'll even get to watch them without commercials, making an hour show seem more like forty minutes.
The major downside of DVRs? They're not cheap.
If you have cable television, consult your cable provider before purchasing your own DVR. Since the DVR works like a VCR there shouldn't be a problem, but you don't want to unpack your new recorder to learn that it doesn't work with your cable's tuner box.
There are a few downsides to owning your own DVR without a subscription plan. One is that you should be a little tech savvy. If you can barely plug in your TV then this isn't the best option for you. You'll have to do some homework when looking at the DVR to see if it's what you want. Beware of the difference between DVD recorders and DVR recorders.
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