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Getting vcr to work with digital cable

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by techpt, Mar 29, 2018.

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  1. Triple6

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  2. Drabdr

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    Hello there!

    I noticed you mentioned Direct TV...

    Just stemming off of the others...

    You have options here. One is to modify the existing setup to make it work. With this one... you'll probably need to purchase some type of switching and/or extra DVR's like Triple 6 mentioned. So you still have something new your dad will have to learn, the cost of additional DVR, and you're still paying for Direct TV.

    Another option... get rid of the VCR's and Direct TV. That is at least $80.00 a month. Have high speed internet installed, and purchase a new DVD box with wifi. These are configurable for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon prime, etc. All this is on the menu screen. Easy, easy, easy.

    Then, determine what programs shows your dad likes. Subscribe to that service; those shows will then be commercial free.

    Let's suppose you pay $50.00 a month for the internet. You can stock that thing with some pretty decent subscriptions for $30.00.

    Dad sits down, turns TV and DVD box on... finds what he wants on the menu screens, and watches what he wants, when he wants.

    Either way... I think he will have to learn something new. Maybe with the second option, it would be a little simpler, and a lot better viewing experience (for no more money).
  3. AmyToo


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    You can do all of that with a Roku or Apple TV box too.
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  4. techpt

    techpt Thread Starter

    Mar 29, 2018
    Thanks for the suggestions. It sounds like the TiVo DVR may be the best option. But I was able to get a 6-channel dvr from Spectrum and after two weeks of recording it is not quite 30% full. So if that continues that way, it might be enough to get by on. I had planned on checking out all of the various options but this has caused a lot consternation with my father so I need to take it slow. My thanks to everyone that has offered help and suggestions.
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