an option I was considering
by thomasterrible - 11/26/11 4:50 PM
In Reply to: 8-10 is about right. by ahtoi
I have not had the time to investigate this much yet due to a sudden family crisis, but buying a DVR that has a larger capacity would be fine. I dont mind playing the content in the same location either, though I would want to have things saved in case I moved which is perhaps an issue, I don't know, I would retain the same service provider. I will talk to both Comcast and some others and make sure they are giving me correct information and not just how they would prefer these are used. I am not wanting to pirate anything just have it available to watch anytime I want for as long as I want which is the case with the DVR I have now other than the capacity. I have all the premium cable channels as well as Netflix so I have a pretty good amount of content to watch. Some of the non HD Netflix is still worth recording to me it is just that I really like movies to be of high resolution when playing them on the home theater. I also don't have as big a need on my much smaller 42 inch HDTV in my bedroom. If I were able to record those things and keep them to play indefinitely that would be ideal. There are some things such as a series on Netflix that is about to no longer be available which means if I don't find a way to record those shows I will not be able to watch them anymore. I had not really thought about the need to record anything from Netflix before now as the items have stayed in queue for so long but now I have that series I would like to keep. They are not high def. I was hoping to have some sort of hard drive to store lots of shows on so that even if they are no longer available I will have a copy of them. I don't know if burning a copy is possible, I am content with having it just stored on my DVR. But if that were the only way to have a copy I would do so. I am not trying to keep a copy of anything I have not paid for or use it except in the same way that it is available now, the only difference is that if they stop carrying the show in favor of other content I still want access to it in some way. If there is a TiVo or other sort of device that will allow me to record much more programming that would be fine, I will spend a reasonable amount of money to get one. I guess I am going to have to shop around for consumer products first to see what is out there and the maximum storage capacities. My projector is 1080P native but 720P looks fine and is also upconverted to 1080I (or at least that is what it says it does) and it really does make a difference with such a large screen or I would probably not be so determined to have HD, but it does. I buy blu rays when they are on sale but I want a much larger collection to view and 10 is not going to do it. Plus I am already paying a lot of money for these premium channels and want to be able to watch what is offered on them at my convenience. I have thousands of songs on a hard drive so a couple hundred movies is what I am thinking would be a decent collection. I don't know how large a drive that would require to know how realistic that is. I keep thinking in terms of computer hard drives and how much a 3Tb drive would hold and the price those drives cost. That is what I am hoping to find but that may not be realistic. If Netflix would not erase a show I have in queue then I would not mind paying the monthly access fee to see it but that is not a choice I have. I just thought of that as a secondary concern though. I will do the investigation and see what I can come up with. I just want to be able to watch the HD movies I pay for which I don't think is too unreasonable. Thanks for the information. I guess this is an issue of having such a large screen in a way but I really enjoy having it.
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