Do you still watch VCR tapes or you have gone all digital?

@samawati (140)
November 27, 2009 10:42am CST
Ha ha , remembering those old bulky tapes just makes me laugh , they were state of art technology back then in the 80's and early 90's before optical discs became the in-thing ... I still have our old VCR packed somewhere in my rental place , I moved with it since my dad gave it to me when he went digital ..lol Carrying just one movie , you had to put this rectangular thing in your pocket which made you look silly , with a large object in your pocket. Man those were the days ... I think I am gonna dust it up this weekend and see if it still works ..but I will have trouble finding tapes for it cause they don't have those around here anymore ..lol How many of you out there are still watching movies on VCR's lol and how many are digital?Can you comment on quality of audio and video and overall movie experience?
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@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
27 Nov 09
We still have a VCR in our basement, we watch VHS tapes if we are stuck down there due to tornado warnings. I also have some fitness tapes that I really like that were never made in to DVD's and I will go and do those in the basement once in a while but other than those two occasions we pretty much watch everything on DVD now.
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@samawati (140)
27 Nov 09
All those mechanical parts moving inside , the sucking in of the tape when you put it on the VCR door , those were nice experiences plus it gives preview to something about to happen , I think that's why you never go to converting your VCR tapes into digital , cause you get a mild rush of adrenaline ... just before exercising ..whether you know it or not .. but you will soon discover that you miss your old VCR once you get those digital thingies to your basement. .. lol
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
27 Nov 09
Hi, samawati! I only watch video tapes if I am near a VCR. I don't have a VCR. About 15 years ago, my dad had video tapes at his house. We used to watch videos all of the time. But now, I hardly watch a video. I may go somewhere else and watch an video tape.
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@samawati (140)
27 Nov 09
How often are you near a VCR?
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• United States
27 Nov 09
I still watch vcr tapes because I have a lot of good videos on tapes which I have not boughten on dvd so I still watch video tapes which I don't mind it even though the quality is not nearly as good as a dvd but I can still tolerate it lol.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 09
Hello Samawati and welcome to my lot. We still have the VCR tapes but we also have the digital movies. I want to record our VCR tapes to digital but it is hard to find disc that will work with our DVD player/recorder. You don't know how to find out what kind of disc will work do you? When I find them I will record all of our VCR tapes to digital. I think digital is better quality. But some of these movies we have are pretty good those I don't want to re-buy them so it would be nice to have them transferred to digital. Hope you have a nice day!
@samawati (140)
27 Nov 09
Thanks for the welcome , and hello to you too. Well,I don't know how to tell which DVD disc to use, but doesn't such kind of information usually accompany the digital media player , like the systems operating manual or something like that ..? IN light of your predicament,Don't you just love those VCR now, any tape can play in any player ...lol
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
27 Nov 09
I don't know I didn't even look at the owners manual but I will. I am one of those ones that can figure out things pretty easily but this one has me confused. And your welcome. I am glad your here on my lot. Hope you have a great day. I do love those old VCR tapes.
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@jtr115 (724)
• United States
27 Nov 09
The DVD recorder owner's manual should tell you whether it uses DVD-R/RW or DVD+R discs. I accidentally bought the wrong type of discs the first time because I didn't realize there was a difference.
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• India
27 Nov 09
When I was 10 year old we were staying joint family. and we had one VCR and my uncle likes to watch new and old (famous) movies usinf VCR tapes. Now as new technology came so they purchased DVD player and now they will purchase DVDs for new movies. DVDs are compact then VCR tapes and cheap also. Also DVDs are available very early then VCR tapes.
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@Torrs13 (217)
• United States
27 Nov 09
My favorite movie of all time, Rookie of the Year, is on VHS so I have a DVD/VCR combo just for that. Otherwise, all of my other movies are on DVD. Sometimes I get frustrated with my VHS tape because it takes so long to rewind! Thank goodness DVDs came around!
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• United Kingdom
28 Nov 09
Yes, I still watch movies on those bulky video tapes! I have a tv combi which has the vhs video tape player as well as a built in dvd player. I would love to have a flat screen tv but I'm not going to get rid of the one I have whilst it is still working. I'm thinking that I need a vhs video player because what about all my favourite movies on my vhs tapes? I don't want to dispose of them completely! I like the idea of new technology but sometimes it can just be so expensive to pick up something new! Andrew
• India
28 Nov 09
Hai We are in a new era but we shold not forget our past for that reasin i have my old VCR in my house.I never use it nowadays but i keep it as a history in my showcase because nowadays i cant but VCR movies...
• United States
28 Nov 09
L.O.L I still have lots of V.H.S tapes but I dont use them at all I use the D.V.D plsyer.I wonder what will be next after the blue ray?
• United States
28 Nov 09
I still have all my VHS tapes but I don't like rewinding. LOL!
• New Zealand
28 Nov 09
These days I don't really use VCR much, I only use it to play the videos that I already own. I watch most movies on television (the ones that get played via free to air national broadcast), and the rest I tend to watch on computer.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
28 Nov 09
Several years ago when CD's and DVD's are not popular, I use to record movies on my VCR. Yes, I do have lots of VCR tapes in my collection cabinet. But when digital age came and the computer becomes a fad, I had to transfer all my VCR's to be saved in hard disk. I have more than 20 hard disk now full of movies and collections.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
28 Nov 09
We have at least 60 old video tapes. Sometimes we watch these movies. I dont own many DVDs although my daughter has quite a few. Im not keen on purchasing DVDs of movies that are old favourites. I have a DVD/video player so it is quite handy.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
28 Nov 09
I have a dvd/vcr combo in my bedroom. We play a few tapes on it still. They are all Disney movies for my kids. It still works, so why not? I am sure you will have fun discovering tapes again!
@chriswolf (360)
• China
28 Nov 09
i have gone all digital. i really appreciate the conveniences of the digital ones.
@EdTv00 (298)
• United States
28 Nov 09
I still have, buy, and own vhs tapes and a vcr. I will never sell them, because they have sentimental value. I do own a dvd player and buy all my movies in dvd format now. I think its silly that people buy the same on bluray when they already own it on dvd. I think before we know it dvd's will become the new vhs. How more high def can they make a film? hmmm maybe virtual reality? lol. Never say never, as a matter of fact I would be willing to bet that in the next 10 years you are going to be shocked at the progress of video technology. Imagine being able to feel like your in a movie, this could be really cool or really dangerous. lol.
@kelly10 (678)
27 Nov 09
I still use a VCR to record any programmes that I want to watch as I don't have a DVD recorder or SKY+. This isn't often as most channels on SKY have either a plus one channel where everything is shown an hour later or it is repeated a few days later. I am hoping though to get SKY+ though, but it's too expensive right now. Everything else I watch on DVD though and as I quite a large movie collection, this is quite often. That reminds me, I need to buy some new DVD's as it's been a while.
• United States
27 Nov 09
I never owned a VCR (though my parents did when I lived with them). Once I moved out I bought a DVD player and it's been like since. I don't think I know anyone that owns a VCR anymore. LOL
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
27 Nov 09
We moved totally away from a VCR when the last one that we had decided that it was time to start eating the tapes. So, we don't have a VCR at all anymore. I remember way back before we even had one of those. Now, in today's world my daughter, who is seven years old even has a DVD player of her own. Back in the day it was so common to go visit the local Blockbuster and rent VCR tapes and sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn't because the tracking on every VCR was a little bit different. Do I miss them? No, I don't but your discussion has made me feel a little nostalgic.
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
27 Nov 09
My family still has a vcr-dvd player combo thing, and a huge collection of Disney movies and Ghibli studio movies on vhs, so yes I occasionally still watch vhs movies. When you compare the quality of a lot of them to the dvd versions, there's quite a difference.