It was when I was at college that I first read about a Digital Video Recorder. It was in a technology magazine, and I remember that it was going to get rid of all the cassettes for recordings. The new technology allowed you to record straight on to a hard drive.
Great idea I remember thinking to myself. No more running out of tapes all the time, no more having to fish around with fast forward and rewind options to try to find the program that I wanted to watch.
I remember what made it even more appealing was the fact that you could record programs automatically as well. You just set the timer and away you went. You did not even have to be at home to record your favorite program, and the picture quality was supposed to be as good as the original.
But as the first Digital Video Recorders were selling for about $1000.00 at the time, it was hard to find that kind of money. But after a year or two the price did drop, and I bought my very first DVR, and the only thing that did bother me was the fact that you could only update your TV listings by ringing up for them.
But aside from that my DVR was just how it was supposed to be, and the ability to record programs as stated made my life a lot simpler.
As the popularity of the Digital Video Recorder grew, the DVR became even more advanced, and now you are able to record even more programs thanks to the bigger hard drives available.
It almost seems like an eternity ago when the DVR first came out, but it was not really that long ago. But like most of the other recent inventions, I can not imagine what life would have been like without it.
They are such a handy piece of equipment to have, and if anything goes wrong with your cable, at least you have a back up of programs to watch that are stored on your DVR.