Homebrew PVR (was Beta vs VHS (was language...))
Alan B. Pearce email (remove spam text)
>> The VCRs have "infinite" storage; just buy (and pile up) more
>True. But a disk gives you hundreds of tapes worth of virtual storage in
>the same physical space as a single tape. Also you have instant access to
>all that stored material, so there's no need to find a tape and load it.
>Also disk storage is technically infintely expandable if you utilize
>network attached storage. Finally you can employ a DVD writer for
>additional offline storage if you really need it.
The other advantage of a PVR over tape, that you didn't hit on, is that once
you have watched a program, you can recover that recording space, and the
new recording gets listed in time sequence with previous ones. You cannot
really do that with a tape unless it was the last item on the tape, and you
don't mind having tapes with programs out of date sequence, which gets messy
trying to keep tabs on what you need to watch next.
Bring on the PVR ... ;))
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