It seems everyone these days has a DVR and it is offered in most cable or TV satellite packages when you order service. My TV service provider offered the service with my satellite package, and I decided to try it; besides it was cheap to add it to my TV package. At first, it seemed to be a worthwhile addition to my service package, but then I realized that it was not exactly a necessary item for many reasons. I will give you my top three reasons why I ditched my DVR.
At first, being able to record seasons of my favorite shows was a treat. In the beginning, I loved being able to record seasons of my favorite shows, but I soon began to buy them on DVD due to I wanted them for my DVD collection. I then realized that my DVR became unnecessary because I could watch them whenever I wished, with the same benefit of skipping to certain parts in the show, just like when using the DVR device. A lot of people like the DVR for skipping commercials, but again, with my favorite shows on DVD, there are no commercials to skip at all, so I can watch them straight through without stopping to fast forward. This seemed to make more sense to me rather than bother with recording my favorite shows.
For me, paying for a DVR service was not worth it due to I never watched most of the channels that I purchased with my satellite service. I decided to drop my expensive satellite service to the most basic channels I could get, which negated the need for a DVR device. I mean, why would I pay for something when I only watch a handful of channels to begin with? It just made sense to me to drop the service, along with most of my satellite channels. I had researched ways to receive my most basic channels with an HD Antennae or by using my service providers’ basic package. Either way, it seemed a more worthwhile purchase, while watching shows I loved on DVD.
Most programs can be viewed online free, so if I missed an episode of one of my favorite shows, I could simply go to their website and watch the episode free. There may be commercials this way, but on other websites, there are not any. It was well worth it to me, to deal with the commercials, versus paying for a service that was not benefitting me all that much, especially once I dropped most of my satellite channels. I researched the various ways to stream my shows via the Internet, and I have been pleased with those options (Hulu, You Tube, network stations’ website, and of course Netflix).
I hope you find these reasons why I ditched my DVR to give you something on which to think. You may find that you love your DVR, however, for others, I hope you find these reasons something that can work for your lifestyle as well as it does mine.