How to record TV

RECORDING TV SHOWS - TV RECORDING - VHS to DVD conversion - VHS to DVD via computer



Recording Tv - HOW TO GUIDE

The first thing you need to be able start recording tv shows is you need a recorder of some sort. This is any device that has a tv tuner (hopefully a digital tuner) so you can record tv shows in digital, and a Hard-drive or recording lens to record the tv shows onto a blank disk or blank video tape e.g A hard-drive is basically, your in-built memory. Recording tv shows can be as easy as pressing the record button, and if you have the right gear you don't need any blank tapes or disks - the tv recording goes straight onto the 'in-built memory' (hard-drive) for you to bring up and watch your recorded tv shows as you choose. 

Types of recorders include:

  • A vcr, 
  • Dvd recorder, 
  • 'PVR' (Personal Video Recorder) 
  • HDD recorder 
  • Computer/laptop with a built in or plug-in, usb - tv tuner 
VCR's are phasing out and well actually, pretty much already extinct. Unlike a record player which still holds some perceivable value to many, vcrs are proving to be extremely hard to buy and are not worth servicing/repairing. The only value vcrs seem to have anymore is to play old vcr cassettes which havn't been thrown away or converted to dvd. These include all the well-cherished memories - weddings, parties, personal video recordings; and all the favourite tapes of tv recordings, movies, cartoons, classics, black and white and what not.  
Tv recordings, weddings and your favourite tapes should be converted to DVD or onto your computer now! Because vcr's are obsolete, you could lose your ability to play these one day (which is required) for the conversion. 

How to record TV continued..

Generally, if you want to learn how to record tv shows in your loungeroom you should get (if you don't have one already), a PVR also known as a Personal Video Recorder. These are very easy to use and are the way for the next 5-10 years. Anything else you learn like a VCR would be a waste of time because they are already obsolete. Dvd recorders are also okay as they do the function of a PVR now plus burn your tv recordings onto dvd as well. 

What DVD recorder do you recommend?

For the medium budget there is only one, a Panasonic. They are fantastic. They are easy to use, their buttons are laid out nicely, the machines function really well, the quality of the lens, the remote, the picture - all the pluses stack up, making a Panasonic a really high quality performing machine both technically and in user friendliness. 

How to record on a Panasonic doesn't even need to be explained. All your regular  buttons stand out - their aren't too many and just about anyone can figure out basic tv recording within a matter of seconds.

How to record tv - timer recordings

Timer recording is where you set your machine to record TV programmes at a later date or time. This varies from recorder to recorder. Due to the complex nature of hundreds of thousands of models it is impossible to list instructions for all the different types and model on how to do timer recordings. We can however help you if you call 1800 TV Magic. TV Magic recommend and particular like Panasonic as the timer recording on Panasonic DVD recorders and HDD recorders we have found is the easiest to use out of ALL of them. 

The timer recording feature on a Panasonic is easy to use because you can use the TV guide to see what's on and do your timer recording quickly and easily. It takes us about 2 minutes to explain it to somebody; even if they are hopeless with technology. We find that many other brands are much more complex. We do not work for or are endorsed by Panasonic; we just want to let you know that we find Panasonic THE EASIEST TO USE. If you have any other questions please do no hesitate to contact us!


How to record using an EPG - What is an EPG?

E.P.G (stands for electronic program guide) or basically a TV guide on your TV/recorder. This is a button you press on your digital TV, recorder or set top box that will bring up an on-screen TV guide. These are unfortunately not very reliable and have missing channels or missing information. This is due to the brand and model of your equipment. Once again this is why we recommend Panasonic. Panasonic has all the information on all channels and the EPG loads quite quickly. 

What are the advantages of EPG?

Checking up your TV shows and what's on in the newspaper is a thing of the past. Now you look up your phone, google "TV guide" or press the "TV Guide" button on your TV/recorder/set top box to see what is on. 





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