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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:04 pm
So I'm considering getting a DVD Recorder with harddrive so I can record a show when I'm out or record one when there are two on at the same time. However, I've heard that with a DVD Recorder you can only watch or record one show at a time. It seems to defeat the purpose then of being able to watch one show while recording a conflicting show which was the main reason I wanted one. I mean I can use a VCR to do that exact thing, so why wouldn't a fancy new DVD Recorder allow that as well?

I've been told about Tivo type things, but I want something that plays dvds as well and I'm not really interested in spending too much money. So now I'm not sure whether I should bother, and just keep my normal dvd player and hope that my favourite shows don't clash too much.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:23 pm
I have a Panasonic Bluray recorder with [b:c7171b3d29]twin[/b:c7171b3d29] hdd and i can record 2 channels (in different formats) and watch a third through the tv or watch a recording or disc. I would think that you would be able to do the same with a dvd recorder.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:36 pm
ah, so you think I could watch one channel and record another at the same time? I think I need to talk to some in store guys and get me some confirmation though before I buy anything.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:20 pm
[quote:6a43dde71e="Alyson_117"]ah, so you think I could watch one channel and record another at the same time? I think I need to talk to some in store guys and get me some confirmation though before I buy anything.[/quote:6a43dde71e]

To be able to record one channel and watch another you will need a dvd recorder with twin tuners.. What Tania007 has it also a blu-ray recorder which generally start from $1500!

What is your budget?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:50 pm
if you buy a recorder with a single tuner, you can record one channel and watch another via your tv.

if you buy a recorder with a twin tuner, you can either record two different channels on the hdd at the same time, and then watch a third via your tv

OR

you can record one channel and watch another via the dvd recorder


fyi... when I was doing my research for the purchase of a bluray recorder I was told by every salesperson that it wasn't possible to record 2 channels and watch a 3rd simultaneously, so their knowledge isn't always reliable :)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:02 am
Thanks for your help :) I have much investigating to do over summer. But I'm glad it's possible.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:30 am
[quote:72b29af609="tania007"]if you buy a recorder with a single tuner, you can record one channel and watch another via your tv.

if you buy a recorder with a twin tuner, you can either record two different channels on the hdd at the same time, and then watch a third via your tv

OR

you can record one channel and watch another via the dvd recorder


fyi... when I was doing my research for the purchase of a bluray recorder I was told by every salesperson that it wasn't possible to record 2 channels and watch a 3rd simultaneously, so their knowledge isn't always reliable :)[/quote:72b29af609]

This is true, but i wouldn't rely on it as when the digital switch comes in you will be screwed. Having said that if you have a digital tv you won't be.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:57 am
so true :) Have a hd tv too so I'm cool :)

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:42 am
The good news is the longer you wait, the more options you will have to choose from + the cheaper the models should become. I have a Panasonic Twin Tuner standard dvd recorder, i did see the blu-ray model that tania007 is referring to.... but i was not willing to spend double what the standard model was. I made the purchase at the start of the year, a few months later.... the model i had was reduced by $100 (standard retail price was $999, i purchased it at $849 during the January sales) and was $899. But a more updated model, same hdd space... but with a few more features was released at $999 etc.


I don't want to confuse you or anyone else, but i had a similar thing occur back in 2006. I purchased my first dvd-recorder back in June '06..... not even 12 months later i was kicking myself as a better model was released for virtually the same price i paid. Technology sure moves at a fast pace.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:50 pm
I will be going for the recorder with the twin tuner but I'm waiting until much closer to the time when analogue will be switched off for good....I have two perfectly good VCRs hooked up so I can record 2 channels and watch a third on the TV, the only downside is i can't record the digital channels.
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