Technology has come a long way since the late 1920’s, marking the creation of America’s most prominent household item – the television. Beginning in the 1950’s, TV became one of the main mediums to access media. It seems as if this still rings true today, that is, if we somehow look past the medium in which you are using to read this article right now – the internet. Digital video recorders were first introduced for public use in the late 1990’s, with the most popular of them being “TiVo”. The idea of recording TV shows, movies, and even sports events certainly has quite the appeal. I am going to break down the pros and cons of having DVR, and why I eventually decided to get rid of mine only after a short while.
Depending on what cable service provider you ultimately decide to go with, DVR on average will cost you anywhere from $8 to $20 extra on top of what you are paying for your package. Let’s take a look at Comcast Xfinity deals, which is what I decided to go with for my cable service (solely based on location). Before even beginning my search for the best deal, I was set on picking a service that would provide me with DVR. After many nights of sleeping on the couch at my friend’s apartment and scrolling through his massive list of recorded shows, I knew this is what I wanted for myself. Knowing I would need internet included really narrowed my search down to the products they offer under the “Bundles” section. The Digital Starter (around $70) and the Digital Preferred package (around $88) both seemed perfectly fine for me, but I noticed there was no DVR included. A quick scroll through the Triple Play deals (Cable, phone, internet) revealed only one bundle at two different prices offering DVR (one price for the first 12 months & one price straight up). Natural human instinct led me to take the package at a discounted price for the first twelve months (HD Premier XF Triple Play). This ran me around $160 a month, which seemed perfectly reasonable at the time.
The first couple of months I absolutely loved my new service. HBO, Starz, Showtime – what more could a television junkie need? Soon I began to realize that my favorite shows I was spending so much time and effort recording, were easily accessible through XFINITY On Demand the next day. Sure, it may take a few extra seconds to bring up the episode or movie, but who doesn’t have a few extra seconds these days? It was at this point that I realized I probably should have gone with the cheaper version (roughly $10 – $20 cheaper depending on current deals) that did not include the DVR. Sure you may say, “hey, it’s only 10 bucks”, but then I realized that I pay $8 a month for my Netflix service. Downgrading caused me to save a little money, nothing life changing, but enough for me to feel better about myself. Not to mention, there are so many services now (Netlfix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.) that have amazing deals, making cable seemingly worthless (unless you are a sports freak). The bottom line is that you will most likely have to pay more money for a bundle or package that includes a DVR service. Viewing media has become so easy and accessible via the internet that in all honesty I have been considering canceling my cable package altogether. Recording shows to watch the next day ended up seeming pointless when they would be put “On Demand” anyways. For me, the cons seemed to outweigh the pros, which is why I ended up ditching my DVR service.