Depending on the manufacturer and provider of your Digital Video Recorder, you could be in for a good or a bad time. My first interaction with a DVR was when I purchased a cable bundle with my local cable company. In order to get the premium television package, I had to pay for the DVR, which was also part of the converter box itself.
I was quickly hooked on the ability to record shows and movies that I was not able to view at the time of their airing. However, the best part about it was not having to sit through commercials. I know! Commercial segments usually only last a few minutes but still, I enjoyed immensely having the ability to zip right past those annoying “As Seen On TV” commercials.
I was two months into my new cable service and was enjoying my DVR very much when I ran into my first issue. There were three programs I wanted to record. The problem? The DVR only recorded a maximum of two programs at once. I was perturbed to say the least but no big deal. I shifted around some things and opted to record an encore showing of one of the programs later.
At first glance, what’s the problem, right? Well, as a matter of convenience, which is the sole purpose of a DVR, I now had to wait until the next day to watch the program I had to bump. No big deal, I can handle that. Problem two arrived as the other two shows that were scheduled record aired. The first program began to record, no problems. An hour later, the second program began to record. That’s when the channel I was currently watching automatically switched to the second program’s channel.
Irritated, I grabbed the remote control and hit the “last channel” button to go back to what I was watching. Nothing. The DVR would not let me return to the previous channel. So, my options were cancel one of the programs recording or watch one of the programs recording. This completely defeats the purpose of a DVR.
A month later, the DVR began mysteriously deleting programs that had recorded, failing to record scheduled programs and not allowing me to schedule a recording at all. By this time, I was more than irritated. I switched out the DVR with my cable provider for a different one. Smooth sailing. For about a month when the entire process started over again.
I was paying almost ten dollars extra a month for this box that was primitive, limited and faulty. I had had enough. I returned the box, downgraded my television package and was done with it. Sure, I lost a lot of channels but I quickly noticed that I didn’t miss them and canceled service altogether.
A lot of people have a great experience with DVRs. I’m not knocking them but the two boxes I had were nothing but stress, anxiety and headaches and were enough to make me very reticent about another.