Friday, July 06, 2007
With digital video recording, television schedules are no longer in the hands of people in offices far away. It is up to the user to decide when he or she wants to watch a show, and even how to watch it. The digital video recorder gives the user the ability to record any show quickly and easily, even if the user is not very adept with technology. This works by letting the user find the show to record among the electronic program guide listings. Once the user finds the show, they can highlight it and press the record button. The DVR takes care of the rest. Because the electronic program guide already has all the information about the time that the show will air and the channel it will air on, the user does not need to enter any of this information. This makes the act of recording infinitely easier than with a VCR and lets even technophobes record shows easily.
Because DVRs make recording so easy, the viewer has a lot more control over watching programming. It now is possible to record a program just to be able to watch it a half hour later. Before, the frustration of dealing with a VCR made this impractical and caused most people just to watch programming even when the timing was not great. Digital video recorders also have other advantages such as letting viewers skip commercials. This is a great way to save time and to enjoy a program without being constantly interrupted. Also, the DVR lets the viewer control live television viewing. As long as the DVR is recording simultaneously with your television watching, you can pause, rewind, or replay whatever show you want while watching it. This means you can get up and make popcorn or check your mail and then pick up your show where you left off.
The digital video recorder is ushering in a new way of watching television where the viewer gets to make a lot more of the decisions as to what works best for him or her. So far, viewers seem to be enamored of this ability and seem to be happy with the direction that television technology is taking.