Skip the DVR: Reasons Not to Own One

For many DVR users, the cons often outweigh the pros.

And if you are technologically challenged, troubleshooting a DVR could be like pulling teeth. To elaborate, trying to figure out how to schedule, delete, or program the menu to perform a simultaneous recording probably looks like Egyptian hieroglyphics to some. Although much of the problems associated with DVRs are due to user error, complaints of static interference during recordings are purely acts of the “electronic Gods.” As you can imagine, the sight of static fritz on your TV can be extremely frustrating when you are trying to enjoy a program after a long day.

A short term solution commonly includes unplugging and rebooting, but this entails waiting for your Internet Service Provider to reload data onto the DVR. Let’s be honest, the reason why you would get a DVR in the first place, is with the intent to not wait to see your programs. So if you constantly have to reboot your DVR, you are essentially wasting the time that you tried to save. Even worse, when you reboot your DVR you are at risk of losing all of your saved data; which translates to having to rerecord your favorite programs all over again.

Another problem with DVRs is when they run out of recording space they automatically delete the oldest programs in order to create space for new recordings. Unfortunately, many people end up learning about this “digital migraine” through trial and error. Apparently, the remedy is to keep at least 10% free space on a DVR hard drive for new recordings. Not to mention, if people are recording in high definition (HD) they must be cognizant that this format requires more space than recording in standard video definition.

Our Internet Service Providers have issues beyond their control. Two other common issues regarding DVRs include low level signals, and internal and/or external wiring problems. Either of these dilemmas can be a hassle, because they typically force customers to wait for a service technician to diagnose their problem. If the issue is a low level signal, this could be attributed to the in-coming digital feed to a splitter, amplifier, RF, CAT5 cable and/or other port. Therefore, it is safe to assume that most signal problems are due to external wiring. On the other hand, internal usually insinuates a bad hard drive, which often ends how you begin, waiting to get a DVR (replaced).

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