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My husband is going to stroke out over HDTV!!

We have HDTV, but no satelite or cable service. I just want to tape a few shows from network TV. Will Tivo or DVR's work without cable/satelite? Our VCR/DVD player is older and doesn't really work with the HDTV, so we need to do something different, but we get a different answer from every TV sales guy we ask.

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The problem is...

In reply to: My husband is going to stroke out over HDTV!!

You can't record HD to tape or disk (DVD media) so what you have is fine for recording.

My DVR does not require a satellite but there are cables to/from the cable company and my TV.

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Without Cable or Satellite...

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Without either of these, aren't you limited to only local channels that you can receive over "rabbit ears"? Just curious since I haven't gone without cable in 20 years. If my assumption is correct, you're missing 99.9% of what's worth recording, so why even worry about what a Tivo or DVR can record?

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Life Without Cable

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Well, hard as this may be to believe, there actually is life without more than 6 TV stations. When we go to my parents' house, our kids all just want to veg in front of their TV 24/7 because there is always SOMETHING to watch. We prefer to have them find TV boring at home so they will do other things, such as use their imaginations and get fresh air and exercise. I know some people might consider that child abuse, but we are just weird like that. AND, there are things worth taping. I love Supernatural, but I can't watch it while the kids are up, so I need to tape it.

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What you have will still work.

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There are no HD recorders for DVD or TAPE so keep what you have.

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I understand, but...

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I understand about there being more to life than TV, but I was just trying justify the need for a TIVO or DVR when faced with only regular over-the-air channels. The TIVO and DVR seem like over-kill when a VHS recorder seems like it would be sufficient. I mean, if TV isn't such an important thing, then why bother about having an HDTV when a standard TV would do?

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Why go HD at all.....

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Well, that actually is the funny part. We had this old 19" TV: told our kids it was "retro" so they'd think it was cool. But, all good things come to an end. Our son bought an Xbox 360, and suddenly the old TV wasn't cutting it. He couldn't bring his friends over to play on that embarassing thing! So, we caved and updated to HD. I think hubby was secretly tickled to do it. Traitor!

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Oops. No more recording.

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Sorry to say, but the only way that you will be able to record anything with a VCR will be threw a converter box. I know you have an HD TV, but it will not put out the signal after they convert to digital. You will still need to get a converter box for the VCR if you want to record.

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It is mature to guide your children's exposure to eliminate

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what is mostly a waste of their precious time while they are sponges that soak up what is around their universe. Better that it is highlights that which may be more worthwhile. Keep it us a a credit to parenting with actual thinking. No substitute that I know of for the imagination & fresh air, communing with nature & exercise is priceless.

We need not learn all things the hard way by doing it wrong to begin with. It may be many years before the kids develop an appreciation for trying to have their time be more worthwhile than random, but hopefully they will. This is not to say they will be absent from any expression of rebellion, but that is usually a passing phase. Keep up your style.

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