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What Is a DVR or Digital Video Recorder?

A DVR or digital video recorder is an electronic device that records videos. But instead of using video tapes, a DVR uses a hard drive as the storage medium for the recorded media. Utilizing the hard drive translates to more space for recording and it eliminates cueing a tape.

A DVR can be operated much like a VCR. The user can record television shows by programming the DVR to begin recording at a particular time, date and channel. The main difference is that while a VCR provides the menu itself from the machine, the DVR gets the menu from a remote server. To communicate with the remote server, the user needs to attach the DVR to the internet through the internet connection of the user at home.

A DVR is a much better option for recording video because of its many benefits. First, the image quality of video captured from a DVR is topnotch compared to the VCR. The DVR also gives the option of archiving the captured video, which makes for easier access to clips recorded. The video is also easily transferred to other storage media like CDs and DVDs. The DVR’s search function also removes all of the guesswork in locating previously recorded video and TV shows. A DVR’s functions are so powerful it is even possible to program the machine to record the full season of a TV show. It is even possible to watch the first half of a show while the second half is still being recorded. But probably the most impressive feature of a DVR is the ability to fast forward through commercials or totally skip them. The ability to control live television like “pre-recorded” material is one of the reasons DVRs have become so popular.

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