Do you know people Still Using VHS ??

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  1. pez2002

    pez2002 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 13, 2002
    my grandmother Was using VHS forever now and just got a DVD Player :)
    My uncle just also got a dvd Player from my grandmother With the dvd Mickey Blue Eyes!

    So did anyone you know Upgrade to DVD this x-mas
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Icon/Supporter

    Mar 26, 2002
    My house has yet to get a DVD player. Who needs one when you can download any movie off the internet, and dozens of movie channels to watch on satellite? :D
  3. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    Some people only have high-speed access at work, and the premium channels usually show movies in the pan-and-scan format instead of the original aspect ratio.
  4. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

    Mar 23, 2002
    I used to use VHS exclusively to timeshift, but now use DVRs and HTPCs almost exclusively for that purpose. I do have a library of VHS tapes that I haven't watched from stuff I recorded over the years...will I ever go back and watch any of it? Maybe some of it, so I still have some need for VHS, but not much anymore.
  5. TonyM

    TonyM Banned User

    Aug 14, 2003
    I don't have a DVR. Just bought a DVD player because I had gotten some wrestling DVD's. Got over 3000 videos so I dont think my VCR's (all 9 of them) are going away any time soon :)
  6. Chris Freeland

    Chris Freeland Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    I got my parents their first DVD player this year for Christmas, they have only had a vcr for 2 or 3 years and still do not record on it (unlike their son, they are not very tech literate :D ). I still use a vcr for time shifting, however I hope to get a E* DVR in the not too distant future. I bought are 4th DVD for my wife and I's bedroom tv (along with new tv :D ), we now have a DVD player attached to all 3 TV's in are house plus the laptop computer that I am typing this on has a DVD player (which has been great for car trips and my teenage daughter :D ).
  7. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    I dug out the VHS yesterday to dub 8mm Christmas camcorder pictures for my mom in Cincinnati. I am leaving tomorrow, if I can get to the Denver airport! I am flying Frontier so at least I will have DirecTV on the way. :)
  8. CrankyYankee

    CrankyYankee Mentor

    Feb 19, 2003
    These threads got me to thinking...
    With the PVR being held in high esteem right now, what would one do for archiving
    certain TV programs/movies?

    Would you keep them on the PVR and just never erase them, or would you buy a DVR recorder and copy them to that?

    Keeping a VCR around might be a good idea when you want to send somebody a recorded program?

    Let's say you get the "WhatNot" channel and your brother in GooseBump, Maine would like to see a program on that channel. If you've got a PVR, but not a VCR, you'd have to disappoint him, I suppose? Your thoughts, please...
  9. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    And what is the matter with recording the program first on a DirecTiVo or Dish DVR? Since both DVRs record directly off the satellite datastream, there is no generation loss. Then, I can simply copy the program from the DVR to either a DVR recorder or a VHS tape.

    But, it has to be a very good series. I have ceased recording Star Trek: Enterprise. One of my friends is so behind on series that by the time he views the tapes, the series will be out on DVD. The only person I record for nowadays is for a friend who is stationed overseas in a nice quiet location, and even then, it's only 24 or Battlestar Galactica (2003).

    But, then again, you are looking at someone who is of the opinion that VHS is dead. For time-shifting purposes, a DVR unit has more capacity of at least 35 hours nowadays verses a maximum of eight hours per tape on VHS. Pre-recorded programming on DVD is more durable than VHS, has a higher resolution, and takes up less shelf space.
  10. zman977

    zman977 Godfather

    Nov 8, 2003
    We still have both our vcr's but we also have two dvr's a 510 & 501. The only time the vcr's get used is when my wife records the first run episoeds of "Sex in the City and that's after they've been recorded on the dvr So after the last eight episodes air the only time they will get used is when she watches them. Everything elce we record on the dvr units gets erased after we watch it.
  11. jhickman

    jhickman Mentor

    Oct 7, 2003
    I have 2 DVD players and I use them for most movies I rent. I still buy some videos on VHS if it's a good deal, or if it isn't available on DVD. DVD is my first choice for favorite movies though. I want to eventually get a DVR, but for now I'm still using VHS. I know that VHS is on it's way out for pre-recorded movies, but I think it will still be around for a long time for time shifting and home video use, like audio cassettes still are.
  12. James

    James AllStar

    Sep 2, 2002
    My wife gets mad at me because I will not rent a VHS tape, even if it is not on DVD. If I am going to pay for a movie, I feel I should be able to watch it in proggressive scan and Dolby 5.1 :D Around here it is the same rental fee for DVD or VHS. I havent had a VCR hooked up to my big screen for atleast 2 years now. ;)
  13. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

    Mar 23, 2002
    When we're talking about movies, I'm definitely with you, James. I refuse to watch a vhs movie...

    And scaling to HD resolution on my HDTV isn't a bad thing either... :D
  14. Karl Foster

    Karl Foster Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    We have two VCR/DVD combos - on in our bedroom and one in my daughter's room. I know the only thing we use ours for is record stuff for other people like my parents who have very limited cable offerings, so my dad often asks me to record stuff for him. My daughter never uses the VCR portion of her combo. We have hundreds of tapes that sit collecting dust.
  15. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Yep I still use a VCR every day infact, it's called a Dish 508 ;) Seriously, I still have my SVHS VCR hooked up so I can take my Digital8 footage and archive it on SVHS tapes, but now with a DVD burner that will all change.

    My uncle used to be the only person I knew who didn't have a DVD player, he bought a Sony DVD player back in the summer and now has over 100 discs, most are fullscreen since he hates widescreen. I've explained to him many times and printed out literature for the internet on why widescreen is better, but he still likes 'seeing all 53 inches' on his tv. His choice I guess :shrug:
  16. TimL

    TimL Legend

    Apr 23, 2002
    We got our first DVD player last year for $53 at Wal-Mart (about the same one is probably $29-39 now) but we have about 200 VHS tapes of movies and TV shows. I have a bunch of Christmas specials recorded over the last 12 years or so. I would like to eventually get 2 new VCRS to continue to play the tapes we have. Actually I dubbed some christmas shows from Time Warner's DVR to video over the last couple of days Including Magoo's Christmas Carol, Goodlife TV Christmas music Videos, Cartoon Network Toonheads Christmas, a Tennessee Ernie Ford Special on PBS and a sitcom called It's a Great Life from Goodlife TV which showed a Christmas episode. One more wife and I got each other a 3-pack of blank VHS Videos for Christmas. So we won't be getting rid of VHS anytime soon

    Tim Lones
  17. Geronimo

    Geronimo Native American Potentate DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    I use it for anythign I want to keep. There is only so much room on any DVR.
  18. music_beans

    music_beans Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2003
    I am a full fledged VHS user. I record a lot of stuff. For Christmas, I got an RCA DVD/VCR combo, and my first (actually second if you count a PD DVD) DVD 'Finding Nemo'. I might consider a DVD Recorder in the next few years, but probably not now since they cost so much.
  19. scooper

    scooper Hall Of Fame

    Apr 22, 2002
    Kansas City KS
    The ONLY thing I'm using a VCR for now is to copy tapes over to my PC, where I will burn them to DVD (Doing Star Wars Episode 4 right now.) My PC has a Hauppage WinPVR250 that does real-time MPEG encoding. I use that to record (what doesn't get recorded on the DVR510 - sometimes I will record from the 510).
  20. tnsprin

    tnsprin Hall Of Fame

    Mar 15, 2003
    Until I get a 921, I am using a DVHS to time shift my OTA HD programing.
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