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Was it ever possible to record cable TV shows with a VCR?

I never had cable TV growing up, so I'm curious if cable TV subscribers back in the (70s? 80s? 90s?) were able to schedule VCR recordings just like OTA users? Was it as "simple" as plugging your VCR into a cable set top box and programming the channels into the VCR so you could schedule a recording for HBO shows (or whatever paid cable show you wanted)? Or were HBO shows blocked from recording on VCRs somehow? (I remember you couldn't record just anything on a VCR -- there were ways to prevent a VCR from copying movies to prevent copyright infringement.) [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Oct 24, 2013 - 29 answers

How can I take advantage of the medium of VHS?

I want to make a music video straight to VHS. How can I maximize the glitches and poor quality associated with the medium? [more inside]
posted by synthedelic on May 18, 2012 - 16 answers

A VCR for my parents

I need a VCR that can record with an HDTV. [more inside]
posted by unreason on Mar 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Canon HV20 can't handle very bright video on pass-through?

I've digitized some ancient VHS tapes by passing the video from my VCR through a Canon HV20 to iMovie '09 on my Mac mini, but a couple tapes seem to be confusing the HV20. Can you help me import these troublesome videos to my Mac? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jul 11, 2011 - 6 answers

justin.tv DVR?

Hey, anybody got an end-to-end solution to do set-it-and-forget-it style timeshifting of Justin.tv streams? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Apr 19, 2011 - 0 answers

How to convert videotapes to digital video?

What is the cheapest and easiest way of taking 10 videotapes and turning them into digital video on my computer? Note: I do not own a VCR.
posted by joshuamcginnis on Feb 3, 2011 - 10 answers

I just want to watch tv!

Help me fix my parents' ridiculous TV/DVD/Internet set-up. There are wires and boxes everywhere and they've paid for all this stuff, but they can't actually do what they bought it for. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Nov 26, 2010 - 41 answers

Wonky DVD player, basic TV recording needs, and a low budget.

Please help us decide: our home video arrangement is very old-tech and simple, with cable feeding a VCR/DVD combo, then into an older CRT TV. My wife programs the VCR to tape TV shows for single viewing, ala TiVo. The DVD player has been very temperamental for a couple of years, basically worthless by now. We have less than $100 to spend. [more inside]
posted by methinks on Jun 19, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm not going to mock videos from the 90s in a blog... honest.

I want to record from a VCR. What is the best Video Capture card for a PC? Specifications inside. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on May 25, 2010 - 4 answers

VHS = Very Hard to Serialize

Help me convert a VHS tape to digital. I have a VCR, the "Dazzle Digital Video Creator" (DVC90), the drivers, but not the actual video capturing software. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Feb 26, 2010 - 12 answers

LCD Monitor Starring as TV

I want to use a LCD monitor as a TV. What do I need to do to make this dream come true? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 21, 2010 - 15 answers

Please recommend a VCR repair shop in Portland, OR

Repair/service a twenty-year-old JVC BP-5300U videocassette player in the Portland, OR metro area? [more inside]
posted by cgc373 on Jul 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Standalone or vendor lock-in?

What's the deal with DVRs in America in 2009? Can I buy one off the shelf and take it home and hook it to the cable and use it successfully like a digital VCR or am I "supposed" to get one from my cable provider and get billed a monthly fee for some program-guide service I do not want? [more inside]
posted by Liver on Mar 19, 2009 - 14 answers

DTV Conversion and VCRs

Help me help my wife's parents make this DTV conversion work with their VCR [more inside]
posted by cmm on Dec 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me hook up the VCR to the TV along with our new digital converter box.

Help me hook up the VCR to the TV along with our new digital converter box. I don't care that the VCR can't record or display digital channels - I just want to be able to watch videos and DVDs. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on May 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Taping DVR playback on VHS

I have a TV/VCR combo. If I get a DVR through the cable company, can I record to VHS tapes from the DVR playback? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand on Feb 4, 2008 - 4 answers

Remote Control Code

I'm looking for the remote control code for a Philips/Magnavox MDV560 VR DVD/VCR combo. [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 on Nov 25, 2007 - 4 answers

My VCR needs a digital replacement!

My VCR died. I want to replace it with a digital recorder ... [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Nov 15, 2007 - 4 answers

Avoiding duplicate frames while encoding VCR output using MEncoder

Using MEncoder on Fedora 7 Linux and a bt878 TV card, how do I avoid or work around duplicate frames when encoding video from a VHS tape? [more inside]
posted by remi on Aug 16, 2007 - 9 answers

Looking for a quality DVD recorder with built in VCR.

Looking to purchase a DVD recorder with a built in VCR....need help finding a good one.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Mar 8, 2007 - 4 answers

How to replace my Sky Plus box?

How do I replace my Sky Plus box? [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Feb 15, 2007 - 10 answers

VHS to my computer: When you lose your digital master sometimes you have to improvise

I have VHS videotape. I have a PC computer running Sony Vegas. I need to get the stuff from the videotape onto a harddrive and into Sony Vegas in my PC to splice into reel. Help me please. [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator on Jan 9, 2007 - 10 answers

Please suggest a cheap/simple pvr

My grandpa enjoys recording TV shows off his satellite feed (DishNet, I believe). The problem is, while the VCR (heh) has a timer, it cannot change the channels and what not. So I found out that he gets up a few times a night to change the channel and what not. I think some sort of PVR is in order. What is the cheapest/simplest thing I can get? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Dec 6, 2006 - 25 answers

Input PAL video through non-PAL VCR

Is it possible to get a non-PAL VCR plugged into a Mac Mini to show content from a PAL videotape? Or will I need a PAL VCR? [more inside]
posted by destro on Jun 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Strange problem with half of my cable TV connections

Some strange problem with my cable TV. I was connecting a new Sylvania DVR/VCR unit in my bedroom. I used to have a Sony DVD/VCR in that same place and the cable reception used to be just fine. First thing I noticed after attaching the new unit is that the signal quality is very poor. But anyway then I come down to living room which has the Comcast's digital set top box connected to the wall outlet. I noticed there was no signal on TV and box was displaying a 'this channel would be available soon' message. Usually that means some kind of bad or no connection. Before I went up to the bedroom everything was running fine. Did plugging in the DVR/VCR unit blow the cable circuit ? [more inside]
posted by flyby22 on Apr 6, 2006 - 4 answers

Subtitles from DVD/VCD/Video Cassette Tapes into a computer text file

Subtitles from DVD/VCD/Video Cassette Tapes into a computer text file ----- the fastest way ? Without typing or paying someone to transcribe? Any software or hardware that can do the job? I know of one VCR player made in the early 1990s that can do this but it has been discontinued and the manufacturer no longer around. [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Mar 4, 2006 - 11 answers

connecting VCR to LCD monitor

Trying to use a 17 LCD monitor as TV with my VCR. Where can I get something, hopefully not too expensive, to connect the RCA composite output to the VGA input of the monitor. Not sure if i need to find a converter box or some adapter cables exist to do the job. Did not find much useful info by googling.
posted by flyby22 on Sep 17, 2005 - 9 answers

Avoiding heat in Installing DVD VCR Recorder?

Why does the manual on my new DVD/VCR recorder say "do not install NEAR any heat sources such as radiators,..or other(including amplifiers that produce heat)"? I just bought a Toshiba D-VR3SU and if I put it in place of my old VCR it is about 2" from my amplifier. Well the amp gets warm, but I can't feel any heat more than 1/4" away. Do I really need to rearrange all the stuff to avoid this? The manual says this twice! [more inside]
posted by judybxxx on Aug 6, 2005 - 7 answers

converting VHS tapes to DVD using combo units?

I am thinking converting bunch of VHS tapes recorded in LP format to DVDs. These are 6 hr tapes I think. I was looking at the option of those combo units that come with the DVD recorder and VCR units. I was wondering if somebody can tell me how do these units deal with 6+ hr long video tapes ? do they automatically break the content up into separate DVDs or can they compress the content enough to fit into one DVD ? thanks
posted by flyby22 on Jun 7, 2005 - 2 answers

Samsung DVD-S221, Post-Move, Has Rolling/Fading Pic or Messed-Up Movie. Fixable?

Since moving, my DVD player is unable to play some DVDs it once was able to play. There's sort of a rolling/fading picture at all times, or the menus look fine but the movie itself is messed up. The sound is okay, and some discs play perfectly. It's a Samsung DVD-S221.

Is there anything I can do, or is it just plain broke? [more inside]
posted by swift on Oct 9, 2004 - 6 answers

Cable-> VCR -> TV?

If I run my TV cable (for cable TV) into my VCR first, then into the television, will I (noticeably) lose signal/picture quality? [more inside]
posted by Shane on Jun 3, 2004 - 21 answers

Do I have to use an A/B switch to switch between cable inputs?

Is there away around using an A/B switch for my digital cable? Here's the deal, the Cable In on my television is malfunctioning. I get intermittent reception, almost as if the cable is not making full contact. I have a VCR, DVR and DVD player. The television only has one set of A/V inputs, which are currently being used by the DVD player. The DVR is not compatible with the DVD player, so I can't run them through the same A/V lines. I went to Radio Shack and the only solution they could come up with was using an A/B switch, which requires me to physically switch between the DVR and DVD player. Isn't there any other technology that would not require me to get off my lazy butt and walk across the living room when I want to switch between television and a DVD? I've been unemployed for four months, so buying a new t.v. is out of the question.
posted by Juicylicious on Apr 2, 2004 - 8 answers

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