Going even more high tech

DVR Reciever - My DirectTV HDTV DVR reciever recently installed.
@webeishere (36382)
United States
November 3, 2008 1:25pm CST
Yes me, Grandpa Bob is going high tech once again. My last high tech upgrade was switching to DSL a few months ago. This time I went and got a DVR for my DirectTV satellite service. This is a photo of the reciever installed just a little while ago. I can now record 2 programs at one time and watch them whenever I wish. I also believe I can zip past commericials etc with this. Not too sure as it is new and I've never used a DVR before. This is the same as TiVo actually. But through DirectTV is the difference. I got the reciever, installation, shipping and handling all free. It cost's me $4.99 a month for the service is all. Do you have DVR or TiVo? Or anything along those lines? Is it easy to learn to program etc? The book is a short novel that shows the options and directions etc. Just another thing to learn and play with. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
3 Nov 08
I'm still in the dark ages when it comes to recording from the television. I have one of those "VCR" thingies. I still use it regularly too. Most commonly on Monday nights when "Heroes" is on, so I can tape it for my sons to watch, as it starts 30 minutes after their bedtime. Have fun with your new toy! My only suggestion is to play around with recording shows that don't matter right now, so that when you really want to record something important, you'll know how. :)
@webeishere (36382)
• United States
3 Nov 08
I disconnected my VCR when I bought a new DVD player. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
I have way too many vhs tapes with movies that the kids love to watch, so replacing them all onto dvd just isn't cost effective.
@mikeshaws (141)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
Yeah!You should be pround of your country
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@webeishere (36382)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I should be proud of my country because I have a DVR? No response to the topic at hand then or what? HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
4 Nov 08
Oh you are going to love your DVR! When I moved into our new place we had the option to get a free DVR and I said yes, now I can't live without it...haha. Yes, you can zip by commercials (one of my fav. parts) I really like it during the holiday months. It is also nice for real late showings. I am a lover of old movies, and of course, the best ones are always on so late at night, so now I can record them and watch them during the day. Quite simple to learn how to use also...just use your remote control for all the programing...super simple. Have fun!
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4 Nov 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB, Good for you and for updating your systems, it good what you can do these day, its good that you can even skip adverts as well as I really hate adverts. Well done and enjoy yourself. Tamara
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@jillhill (37358)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Sorry....I only have extended cable...so I don't know anything about how your new system works. I bet you'll have fun figuring it out though!
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@KarenO52 (2952)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I have dish network, but no dvr or tivo. I'm still using my old vhs recorder to record anything I want to watch later. I could use a new system, as the player is getting pretty old, and the recordings come out pretty messed up sometimes.
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• China
4 Nov 08
network getting more common worldwide.i 'm still fond of my old style recorder,even though it doesn't work.i have carefully collected it into my closet.while i enjoy the new modern products,i still cherish the old record.it's a really sweet memory.
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@webeishere (36382)
• United States
4 Nov 08
How long have you had DishTV? Long enough and you should ask about getting it for free. I got mine free for being a loyal customer. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@KarenO52 (2952)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Thanks for the tip, I'll have to try that. They should give me one, as I've had the dish for at least 5 or 6 years now.
@GardenGerty (83275)
• Marion, Kansas
3 Nov 08
No, I am very low tech. Seldom if ever do I watch TV. I am glad for you, though, since you have to be at home with your dad so much.
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@webeishere (36382)
• United States
3 Nov 08
I am onloine most the day. I don't watch a lot of TV either. This is so I can record shows for my wife. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@GardenGerty (83275)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Nov 08
Sweet of you to do it for her, too. Gives her more choices.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I love my DVR that I got from DirecTv. Yes, just play around with it. Oh you can pause the show you are watching and when you come back to it then you don't miss anything and can Zip on past those commercials then. If you are away from home or even at home and on the computer you can bring up dirctv's web site, sign in and set up what show you want to record from there. It is easy to get used to. I had several shows set up to record while I was out of town so I have plenty to watch when nothing else is on. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.
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@webeishere (36382)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I have yet to try the poause whiloe watching a show not being recorded. Thanks, I knew about the online setup for recordings. Still playing with it tonight. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Wow at the top of high tech I am still in the Stone Age ... do you remember what a VCR is ? lol I guess all is changing though now with all the channels becoming digital But I noticed something , when something new shows up at first it looks daunting and we feel like we will never learn ho to use it and then a few yers after it's like ithas always been a part of our lives ...
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Congratulations for venturing deeper into tohe world of technology! Our son got us TIVO when it first came out and we were hooked! I love it! We now use it on one TV and have the DVR provide by the cable company on the other TV. It is so nice to be able to fastforward through those commercials and watch an hour long show in 45 minutes or less! It is great to be able to pause live TV and go for snacks or to the restroom and not miss anything. Hubby loves the playback feature when watching ballgames!
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• India
4 Nov 08
Wise investment...to have a shift in digitalization. Am very happy to see such a senior person in our group. He is certainly an example for all to hve posted so consistently and in huge numbers.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
4 Nov 08
I dont have one myself. I tend to use my pc for that with the tv tuner and intervideo. My mom recently bought a dvdrecorder for herself. She thought about a tvio but couldnt justify adding an extra bill a month when things have been a bit tight.
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@katrhina23 (1282)
• United States
4 Nov 08
Wow congratulations grandpa bob !!
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@dragon54u (30237)
• United States
3 Nov 08
Those things are easy to work, just choose a program from the on-tv guide (there will be a special button on your control for the guide) and then hit the record button. You can forward the guide days at a time. It will give you an option to record the series every time it comes on or just one episode. There's a place called "recorded programs" or something like that you can choose and delete the ones you've seen or keep them till you manually erase them. You're going to love that! I rarely watch shows when they come one, I only watch a couple anyway but I hate commercials.
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Hi grandpa, I dont know how to operate this. I think I do have it on this box, but I am not sure. I have to check into it. I am glad to hear that its not too complicated.Have a great day!
• United States
6 Nov 08
No I do not have an DVR I do not have a lot of special TV watching equipment. I did go and buy a new DVD player this week and it cost me 29 dollars. I do have thee TV's and they are the old kind that take up a lot of space.
• United States
6 Nov 08
You must be a new customer with DirecTV. They don't do such things with the existing customers. My grandmother, a DirecTV customer for 4 years now, wanted to get the DVR upgrade quite some time ago. DirecTV told her that she would have to pay them $100 per receiver, plus the $4.99 extra on the bill. While the bill portion was no problem, we were all outraged that she would have to pay such a large amount for the receivers, especially since she was told that she would be able to upgrade at no charge when she signed up, and has been a loyal customer with them for 4 years. I guess there is no good customer service anymore. They will bend over backwards to get you, but not a thing above necessary to keep your business.
@walijo2008 (4661)
• United States
5 Nov 08
Well you are getting high tech aren't you? We have a DVR, we've had it about a year now, and I must admit I still don't know how to use it all that well. My 11 yr. old nephew can come over and he knows how to use it better than I can, he's always recording shows he likes and movies, and watching them over and over again..lol. It is neat tho, you can go back and watch a tv program that you like, and skip over commercials. Yeah, the manual is a short novel in itself, I just used it to learn how to use the remote..ha.
@mtdewgurl74 (18124)
• United States
4 Nov 08
My sister in laws have DVR's and they love them especially when it is he kids who get the television the most and her shows have to be watched after they are snug as a bug in bed which is the only times she/they have to watch what they want. One sister in law records the soaps so she doesn't have to miss them since she works now.
@ronaldinu (12455)
• Malta
4 Nov 08
Congrats for keeping up to date with the latest technology. I used to have satellite tv but I have grown tired up of always buying the latest cam and equipment. © ronaldinu 2008