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How many hours are currently stored on your DVR?
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Don't get me wrong. I love my DVR, or at least the idea behind it. I find myself recording hours and hours of old movies only to delete them within a month or so due to lack of time to watch them. My DVR is like an old friend that hovers around the periphery of my life.

So how do you see your relationship with your DVR?
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My DVR (a TiVo) was getting flakey and crashing a lot so I didn't resubscribe when it ran out in November. I can't say I've missed it.
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When I had one, I used it from time to time. Mostly it was used, as you said, to store movies I'd never watch.

It was handy to catch some shows that I might otherwise miss.

What I do miss is that it had The Blues Brothers on it - which I would watch a lot. I might have to go buy it.
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I DVR a few shows I like and watch them by the end of the week.
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When I had a VHS recorder I used to watch network TV and avoid the commercials. Now I just avoid pay TV (cable, satellite, etc.). (I buy/rent DVDs).
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chadnorth wrote:
When I had a VHS recorder I used to watch network TV and avoid the commercials. Now I just avoid pay TV (cable, satellite, etc.). (I buy/rent DVDs).

I am on a mission to rid ourselves of cable TV. One part of my plan is to keep showing my wife how little we are interested in watching.
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I mostly use my DVR to record shows that my husband will not watch with me. He does the same. We are pretty good about clearing out our DVR every couple weeks.
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MWChapel wrote:
I download everything I watch from USENET onto my computer, which I have attached to my TV. I probably have about 50 hours of stuff there now. Arrrh.

For software I use Couch Potato for movies, Sick Beard for TV, Headphones for Music(Which I hardly ever use) and SABnzbd as a usenet server client.

I don't and have never owned a DVR in my life.

I use the same setup as you, CouchPotato, SickBeard and SABnzbd are running on my home server which is on 24/7.

I also run Plex Media Server with PlexConnect so I can watch all my media on my Apple TV...

I have 660GB in TV Shows (at 720p that's about 1GB per hour...) and 284GB in movies of differing quality, about 40 movies total...
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I showed my wife how awesome DVR is and we never looked back. We never watch anything live anymore (except for sports) because the ability to fast forward thru commercials is incredible. If a show (like the Walking Dead) comes on at 9 and we are both free, we still wont watch it until 9:15 so we can skip the commercials.
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Orangemoose wrote:
chadnorth wrote:
When I had a VHS recorder I used to watch network TV and avoid the commercials. Now I just avoid pay TV (cable, satellite, etc.). (I buy/rent DVDs).

I am on a mission to rid ourselves of cable TV. One part of my plan is to keep showing my wife how little we are interested in watching.

The best internet connection I can get where I live is thru my cable provider. Sadly that means they force a cable TV subscription on you as well.

My TV is hooked up to cable and does both analog and digital but I rarely use it. In fact my cable provider has disconnected my Smart card for digital TV several times already in the past year. When they notice it isn't used for 3 months they do that automatically
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Chuck Singer wrote:
I showed my wife how awesome DVR is and we never looked back. We never watch anything live anymore (except for sports) because the ability to fast forward thru commercials is incredible. If a show (like the Walking Dead) comes on at 9 and we are both free, we still wont watch it until 9:15 so we can skip the commercials.

Since I download my TV shows I don't even have to fast forward thru commercials since they've already been cut out of it!

And since most shows are being aired on Canadian channels at 'the same time', except in different time zones (eg. Newfoundland is 1.5 hours ahead of east coast US time) the shows can already be downloaded before it's aired on the US east coast

And of course I'm not bound by any country, I watch shows from US, Canada, UK, Australia and occasionally New Zealand...
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Seems to me that streaming on demand should completely eliminate the need to record television/movies.

But it probably won't since there are so many competitors in the streaming market. If you want to use streaming for entertainment you need subscriptions with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime... probably more. Or else you are almost guaranteed to be disappointed with the offerings.
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I currently have way more shows on the DVR than I am spending time to watch, but it does make it convenient when I'm in the mood for one.

My friend with a Tivo can tell you what shows he likes, but has no idea what networks they are on, or when they are on. They just appear.
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I have no problem with streaming, but have an SD tv.
But we have Netflix and even my wife doesn't use it much. She watches more tv on the computer. The biggest consumer of Netflix in our house if my four year old who can find all the cartoons her little heart desires.

I personally have a hard time using Netflix. The system is terribly unfriendly. It takes so much time to try to find content, and after writing in the title 95% of the time Netflix doesn't even have it.
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MWChapel wrote:
frumpish wrote:
Seems to me that streaming on demand should completely eliminate the need to record television/movies.

But it probably won't since there are so many competitors in the streaming market. If you want to use streaming for entertainment you need subscriptions with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime... probably more. Or else you are almost guaranteed to be disappointed with the offerings.

The problem I have with streaming is quality. Even from Netflix and Hulu, the bitrate is abysmal, and if you get content in HD, it usually skips and stops based on the quality of your connection.

At least DVR records in quality HD that doesn't pixelate and have intermediate load blackouts.

The bitrate I get for Netflix is good enough for their SuperHD to work most of the time...
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My wife and kids tape all of their favorite shows/series and watch them that way versus watching live tv. They love it.

I don't watch tv aside from news,weather, occasional sports event so I don't really have a use for it.

If I had it my way I'd get rid of cable, but I don't see that happening.
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I don't want to go back to a world without DVR. I've forgotten what it used to be like to have to show up at a particular time to watch a show, or have to trudge through endless commercials.

Every show my wife and I watch and keep up with, we do so through DVR. And we watch what we want, when we want. It's pretty freaking awesome.
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Most of my perpetually unwatched content are movies that are there due to mild interest that I may or may not watch depending on how bored I am. TV shows generally get watched with 48 hours.
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My DVR contains a ton of recordings that my kids like. Its also nice since my Wife works some evenings so we can make sure we tape the few shows she watches.
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mine is 66 percent full of stuff. how does that translate?
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mine is 66 percent full of stuff. how does that translate?

Sanity. Just start clearing it off.
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Octavian wrote:
Most of my perpetually unwatched content are movies that are there due to mild interest that I may or may not watch depending on how bored I am. TV shows generally get watched with 48 hours.
This. Watched and erased.

Mine has a port where you can hook up an external hard drive and archive the shows there. It takes a long time to copy them, though.
So I have a 1TB hard drive sitting behind the TV and I can go get whatever movies and shows I've decide to save. But, truth be told, I haven't gone onto the hard drive for over two years.
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Phil of Mars wrote:
mine is 66 percent full of stuff. how does that translate?

Three fortnights.
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We just had our cable company replace our old one. We mostly use it to record TV shows for my mom. In the past we used it a lot more, but not so much now. However, we do tend to watch TV in phazes. I quess we are on an off phase. Probably because we are on a playing LOL phase.
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