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Recording from TV

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#1 jimvt


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:11 PM

Do we really have to pay Comcast et al to record TV programs we used to tape (VCR) for free?

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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:42 PM


I am guessing that You mean using their DVR?

Or are you referring to the fact that they have gone digital and You need their box to view the channels?


If You mean using their DVR there are alternatives. For example You can get a Tivo with cable card. However that is not free and can cost you a monthly fee too. If You only need Locals from an antenna and can live with SD resolution, then You can get a Magnavox DVD recorder with a Hard Drive and use it as a DVR as many people are doing. Long, long post here, now up to 841 pages.


I have the early Philips and a later model Magnavox. Timer setting is like the old VCR timers. It can record unscrambled Cable channels as well as off of an antenna.


On Sep 5, 2012, Funai, an award-winning Japanese company and Walmart Strategic Vendor, released its 53x Series. the 8th and probably final generation of these simple, family-friendly, durable, no-fee, single-tuner, SD 480i analog/digital DVD recorders (DVDR) with hard disk drive (HDD). They're yearly improvements of the same basic design and operating system first introduced in 2007 for the U.S. digital transition, the Philips DVDR3575H/37


or if HD is required from an antenna then from here.


5710 / 5750 Features:

  • 5710 & 5750 are high-def (HD) Digital Video Recorders (DVR) with Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and streaming capability.
  • Internal OEM HDD (500GB / 1TB) + up to 8 external USB-HDDs 32GB-4TB, one at a time, menu selectable. No disc burner.
  • Single tuner - one NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuner for tuning OTA/antenna or unscrambled analog/digital cable-QAM channels.


For a free option You would need to find a Tuner card for the computer that can use a cable card.


Good Luck


Edited by rotor123, 26 February 2014 - 12:43 PM.

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