Directv 4th Quarter numbers are dismal.

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  1. Feb 9, 2019 #141 of 145

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    VCRs were a pain and the tapes didn't last that long and didn't have much capacity. VCRs themselves didn't last that long either.

    I got the HR10-250 dual tuner DirecTivo in 2002 I think and nobody had DVRs back then. That DirecTivo was the greatest invention since sliced bread. I demoed it to all my DirecTV friends and they all ran out and got one pretty much the next day.

    I remember as a kid, I'd get the TV guide on Sunday out of the newspaper and could only program up to 7 shows up to a week out since the guide was only for a week. Ah, the good old days when buying a pre-recorded tape of a movie cost $60 - $100.
  2. Feb 9, 2019 #142 of 145

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Yes, the VCRs were a royal PITA. And the tapes were too. At the peak I had 12 VCRs running every day. I used the two hour mode on the tapes. Took lots of time to program them every day. Had to keep a ledger showing what was on each tape and when they were recorded. I had a couple VCRs on hand in case of failures. I used Sony VCRs because I thought they had the best PQ. Couldn't get them fixed, cost too much and they never worked right after someone worked on them. Cheaper and easier to just replace them. VCRs were not reliable, not the way I used them. Wasn't just the Sonys that weren't reliable, they all were and I tried most of the brands.

    I was gonna buy an HR10 when they came out but the price was kinda shocking. In retrospect I should have bought one.

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  3. Feb 9, 2019 #143 of 145

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    I didn't beat my VCRs to death like you did and they still didn't last that long. I was a Sony man myself. Man, I thought I was living in paradise in the 90's when I got my first place out of college and I had a Sony TV, VCR, CD player and AVR and they were all hooked up with S-Link if you remember that. The OG HDMI-CEC. Was amazing lol. That actually worked which is more then I can say about CEC. I still don't get why every AVR switches to TV Audio when you power on if you have all devices with CEC on lol. I think it should only go to TV Audio when you are using an app.

    Yeah, the HR10 was amazing. I should have gotten a commission. I think I sold about 5 of them through my demos.
  4. tivofan2018

    tivofan2018 Member

    Oct 19, 2018
    oh god i had an HR-10 also the ole DTV DVR with tivo built in. i remember paying 299.99 for it also because of a bad install i know they were more than that i think they were like 699.99!!! my vcr was a sony slv-r1000 awsome deck
  5. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2013
    I had a Magnavox VCR that lasted like a decade until I got a Tivo 2. I stowed it away in the basement and forgot about it for more than another decade, until a friend posted on Facebook that she'd been given a huge box of Disney tapes by a relative for her son but didn't have a VCR and didn't know where to buy one anymore. I offered her mine but said I couldn't guarantee it would still work since it had been sitting around for years, but she used it all the time playing those movies for him and recently gave both the tapes and VCR to someone else since her son eventually lost interest in them after seeing them all a bunch of times.

    Guess I just got lucky, or Magnavox was a better brand than one would assume.

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