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.