The Benefits of a DVD Recorder

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The days of missing your favourite programmes due to simultaneous showings or other engagements are behind us. And no, you don't have to do it by popping in a VHS tape, hitting the record button the moment your show starts and praying that it works. Those days are long gone and in their place are the days of DVD recorders. These user-friendly machines make sure every second of your show is recorded and saved for later.


DVD recorders store everything to a built-in hard drive disc, just like on your computer. These run up to sizes of 320 gigabytes, so there's plenty of room to store just about anything and everything you want to watch. Seriously, if you can't fit everything you need onto 320 gigs (or even up to 1 terabyte in more expensive models) of HDD space, then you need to ask yourself how you plan to even find the time to watch all of it. DVD recorders also feature services like Freeview and Freeview+ that can add plenty of additional channels for you to check out. Who knows, maybe you'll find your next favourite programme on there.


While more expensive than set-top boxes, recorders make it so you never miss a show and they also add HD to some channels. And if you ever miss something because of a phone call, chore or whatever, just pause the live action and rewind as much as you need to. If you decide you don't want to watch all of that, you can also fast forward to where you originally were at.


When choosing a DVD recorder be sure to pick one that has HD capabilities. If you have an HD set, you are wasting it if there is no HD-capable source plugged into it. You'll be seeing a much sharper and clearer picture with an HD source thanks to all of the extra lines of resolution. As of right now, Freeview+ grants you access to 50 digital channels and 24 radio stations.


Keep in mind that HD recording requires more space on hard drives than standard does. With standard definition, you can record about half an hour for every gig on the HDD, whereas you'll only get about 15 minutes per gig when it comes to HD. The vast upgrade in visual fidelity that comes with an HD DVD recorder is well worth the extra space, however. Once you go HD, you will wonder how you ever lived without it.

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