It is worth repairing your VCR only if it has sentimental value. A
machine that old has exceded its design life and is likely to give you
more trouble in the future - don't expect video cassets to be popular
for much longer.
Consider, getting a newer one or buying some new technology like
recordable dvd or a hard drive recorder.
:My VERY old VCR (purchased 1988) has suddently stopped
:recording in color and/or shows a bit of color.
:It happily coped with 2000, so it is obviously a good machine.
:Is it even worth investigating a fix or should I just buy a
This happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I thought of posting but
found the problem. Question: Does the picture have color when you use
the tuner in the VCR? Or does it only come out black and white when you
make a recording? In my case, everything was suddenly B&W, and there was
a channel or two it wouldn't pick up at all. Fixed when I changed a
position of a switch from Cable to TV. It had somehow gotten changed
inadvertently. This VCR was almost as old as yours - bought in 1989, I
Get a satellite dish or Digital Video Recorder, most common name TIVO.
Each hour of commercial TV has at least 15 minutes of commercials you
can easily skip thru. Start watching a show while its still
recording... CANT do that with a VCR. They have the new pocket dish, to
take your shows recorded with you on a carryable unit.
a DVR will change how you watch tv forever:)
Note that it's TiVo (with the embedded TV) and is a brand name. I have
always used ReplayTV PVRs, and often hear that TiVo is better for
idiots and ReplayTV is better for people actually interested in the
For one thing, both allow you to transfer shows to a networked
computer (most other brands do not). However, TiVo adds to the
difficulty by using more of the "protection" @#$%.
True. Most commercial TV "hour" shows are 43-45 minutes long with the
commercials edited out. PBS has fewer commercials, so those shows are
Before PVRs, I would think about that. Such a device is possible, but
very complicated (and expensive).
Yes. One of those portable video players would be nice.
Very much. With the schedule automatically downloaded (I know Replay
uses Zap2It) & Theme channels (TiVo calls them "season passes"), you
can set it to record all episodes of any show you want. Time and
channel number become irrelevant. You can then watch the shows any
time you want, you don't have to know when it's on and what channel
(you can still find out if you want to). Recorded shows can be easily
transferred to a computer (TiVo requires "protection" software on the
computer; ReplayTV does not, a free program called DVArchive from
http://www.dvarchive.org/ is all you need).
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