A DVR (digital video recorder) is generally the replacement to the VCR. People often rent/buy them from the cable or satellite companies, or buy a compatible third party version such as the popular TiVo line, which are frequently considered to have more user friendly interfaces.
If you receive programming from either a cable or satellitte TV provider, that would be the best place to start seeing your options for a DVR (or TiVo).
I think Santa is going to bring me a new TV for Christmas. I'm doing my research on them now, but, I have what's probably a silly question. I understand VCR's. What's the equivalent now to record TV shows so I can watch them later? I work many evening shifts and would like to record some shows to watch later.
Thanks for answering this technology challenged persons question!