How often do you use your VCR?

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  1. Sean Conklin

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    Since I moved back to Montana and finally built a dedicated HT room about 3 months ago, I had to leave the VCR in the living room.

    So for 3 mo. I have not had a VCR in my HT room, I thought I didn't need it because I have DVD.

    Well yesterday I bought a $47 Symphonic 4 head HI-FI VCR from WalMart.

    Believe it or not I am really excited about it because now I can watch BTTF, Real Genius, and some other of my favorites on VHS that aren't out on DVD yet, In my HT room!!

    This cheap little VCR works very well, and has a great picture and sound quality.

    I was just wondering how many of you out there still use your VCR and how often?
     
  2. Brian Lawrence

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    I use my VCR for timeshifting programs almost every day. BUFFY at 6:00 and 7:00 on FX, I watch them later at night so I can zap through commercials.

    I also tape a lot a stuff off of Turner Classic Movies for later viewing.

    However I do not collect nor rent on VHS at all.
     
  3. Neil Joseph

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    Only my boys use our VCR for the 20 (or so) movies that they still have on VHS.
     
  4. Jason Seaver

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    Two or three times a week, when the Replay is already timeshifting something else.
     
  5. Sean Conklin

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    I do not collect on VHS anymore either, but I built a little collection of VHS movies in the '80s and '90s before I got DVD.

    And some of those movies that are not on DVD yet, are must watch movies for me still.

    When all my old fav's are out on DVD, then I can probably say goodbye to the VCR, since I really don't tape TV shows or anything.

    Although maybe I should tape some of my fav's like Threes Company, All in the Family, etc. and archive them!
     
  6. Sean Conklin

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    The poor VCR in the living room has sure seen it's share of stuff, my little 3 year old daughter loves to watch Scooby Doo and other cartoon tapes.
    And when she's not watching her cartoons, sometimes she will try to play a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich!
    I don't know how many times I've taken it apart to clean it out.
    She's only allowed in the HT room when under supervision!!
    I would be displeased to find a sandwich or god knows what else stuffed in my DVD or VHS player.[​IMG]
     
  7. george kaplan

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    I only own movies on dvd or ld.

    As for tv, I use replay tv, so I don't need a vcr for that.

    However, unfortunately, there are still a lot of great movies (or as it turns out not so great) that I haven't seen, that can only be rented on vhs. So, I still rent a movie once a week, on dvd if available. I'd say about every 3 weeks, I rent a vhs tape.
     
  8. Sean Conklin

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    I haven't rented in over 3 month's.

    I have spent the last 3 mo. buying old favorites on DVD or taking chances on new DVD's.
     
  9. Jim_K

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    only for porn [​IMG]
     
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  11. Kevin Leonard

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    I'm with Jim K. and Rain on this one: do you know how many great porn titles there are out there that will most likely never make the digital transition? Have a little respect for VHS, people... [​IMG][​IMG]
    And until I can get Replay or Tivo, I normally record 20 hours worth of TV shows a week with blank tapes.
     
  12. Rob Tomlin

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    I'm with Jim, Rain, and Kevin regarding the porn! [​IMG]
    As far as anything else, my wife records her soaps every day. The only other thing I use it for is to record the occassional Winston Cup race if I won't be able to watch it live.
    I also have the Symphonic 4 head VCR. I am not as excited about the quality as Sean is, but considering the price, it isn't horrible.
     
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    Twice a week, first to tape Samurai Jack while I'm watching it, second to watch it again a few days later. [​IMG]
     
  14. Sean Conklin

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    Regarding porn on VHS, it's better on DVD at least for me.

    But that is for that other thread.

    Every once-in-a-while my wife's store has a very cheap sale of VHS and she gets a discount on top of that. So, on that rare occasion she buys vhs at 3 dollars a movie and only for movies that we wouldn't normally own (i.e. never buy on DVD).

    So on rare occasions we will use our vcr.
     
  16. Artur Meinild

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    Never!

    I lend my VCD to my parents some time ago, and I haven't missed it since...

    However, I could use a really good VCR for the stuff not available on DVD, but I can't afford one!
     
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    Sean, I would be very careful with a vcr like the one you bought, it's been my experience that cheaper vcrs tend to eat and ruin more tapes then a more expensive model.
    As for me, I use my vcr quite often, only to record tv shows that I can't watch so I can check em out later. And just last week a freind of mine lent me his laserdisc player and his Star Wars Definitive collection ld's, so that I can record them onto s-vhs tapes. I did Star Wars yesterday, i'll probably do the other two today.
     
  18. Dave L

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    Haven't used either of my two VCRs in more than a year. Only have a handful of VHS tapes and a bunch of old Betas. All my collection is on LD and DVD.

    Don't even watch porn on a VCR. Unfortunately, porn never really took hold on LD, but it's booming on DVD. There's just no comparison with VHS, the still frames are terrific. But actually, I only watch it to study the filmmaking techniques and camera angles. :bg:
     
  19. SteveGon

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    I don't tape any tv shows but I do have a handful of movies on VHS (that haven't been released to dvd) that I watch occasionally.
     
  20. Patrick Sun

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    Besides Buffy on FX 2 hours/weeknight, I tape about 15 hours of TV programs/week. Suffice it to say, I utilize 3 VCRs/week.
     

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