For starters, let me just say I absolutely love my DVR feature on my cable box. It has made recording my favorite shows SO much easier. Remember those days of the old VCRs where you had to be a rocket scientist in order to program it to record something? I remember it involved entering times and dates and using colons and lord knows what else. All I know is that whenever I attempted to record something, it rarely recorded what it was suppose to. So I stopped trying. I took it personally, I really did. Many times I wanted to bash the VCR with a baseball bat, but refrained from doing that since we spent good money on it. Plus I knew it would be difficult to explain that to my husband. My husband, you see, had no problems at all programming the old VCR. It frustrated me. He somehow magically pushed the correct 64 buttons and the VCR would do what he wanted. I just didn’t know the hidden secret code to get it to work and I don’t have a master’s degree in technology.
When I first heard that Comcast had come out with a DVR feature, I was very skeptical. My experience has been that new technology isn’t usually easier. But I must say, this was an exception. In place of the sequence of 64 numbers to make a VCR record, this DVR has just one big red button. Just one. And it’s red. And it’s round. And it stands out. It’s a miracle. First you need to take a look at the Guide. And guess what? The button on the remote says the word “Guide”. Can you believe that? I swear a woman must have helped with the logic of this, because it actually makes sense. Anyway, the Guide is like a TV Guide. You can see all the days and times of all the shows for several weeks ahead. And there’s lots of channels. And there are arrow buttons too. A left arrow takes you to the left and a right arrow takes you to the right and an up button takes you up – you get the picture. It all makes perfect logical sense and gets me so excited.
Finally when your little cursor rests on a particular show, it’s automatically highlighted. So let’s say you want to watch the next installment of The Bachelor and you don’t want to miss the most dramatic rose ceremony in the history of the show. And you’re not going to be home that night because you have a rose ceremony of your own you want to attend. Okay, let’s record it. On the guide, it’s highlighted. And you push that one big red round record button. And that’s it! Seriously, that’s it. Your show will be recorded, and recorded correctly. I can’t tell you how happy I was to be able to use my DVR feature. It’s been a real life saver. So let me tell you about a few other things my beloved DVR can do…..
My husband and I realized that a lot of our favorite shows are on at exactly the same time. And inevitably, we’re out doing something very exciting and can’t be home to watch either one. Okay, maybe “exciting” is wishful thinking, but just play along with me here. From Comcast, you can get what is called a “dual tuner”. That means you can tape two things at the same time. And you do it exactly the same way with pushing that big red button. So now I can record even more shows all by myself, and do it without a cheat sheet. It’s that easy.
Another feature on my DVR is where I can actually record a favorite show of mine as a “series”. Let’s say that every Thursday night I’m at the gym working out. We’re just using that as an example, since I have no intention of going to the gym at night to work out. But let’s just say I was inclined to do that, and Ugly Betty comes on Thursday nights. I can put that show on a “series” recording and my DVR will tape it each and every Thursday night without me having to ask it to do so over and over again. Right now I have almost twenty TV shows on my “series” list. You even forget sometimes that a show is going to be recorded, and you check on your list of recorded shows, and a show title just pops up and it makes you happy.
As far as how much you can record and save in the queue to be watched later on, you can fit around 45 hours of regular TV or about 20 hours of shows recorded in HD (High Definition). Since a lot more shows are in HD now, my DVR queue fills up pretty fast. If I had a genie in a bottle, that would be my wish. Well that would be my wish second to winning the lottery. I wish that Comcast would come out with a DVR that has more storage capacity. Then I could record even more TV shows and have an even bigger selection of things to watch in my queue. I’m sure Comcast will fulfill my wish in the future. And there is no time limit on how long you can keep your shows. I once recorded an old movie that had Antonio Banderas in it, and I kept it in my DVR for a few months. Soon I realized it was taking up a lot of space in the queue, so I had to let Antonio go. It was difficult, but I got over it eventually.
One helpful thing my DVR has is the way it tells you how much room you used in your queue and how much more room you have to add recordings. It does it by telling you a percentage. For instance, right now my DVR says I have used 80%. That means I only have 20% space left in the queue. My DVR always tells me what’s going on. If I’m getting near the end of my storage space, a little message pops up to tell me in a delicate way that my storage space is getting low and it suggests to me in a kind way that perhaps I’d like to look through my queue and delete some shows I don’t care about. I like how it speaks to me. That’s another reason why I love my DVR.
Another wonderful feature of the DVR is how you can rewind in real time. For instance, what if you’re watching Dancing With The Stars, and Maksim does a particularly sexy move with his dance partner, which is just about every time he steps out on the dance floor. Of course you’re going to want to watch it a couple more times. You can push the rewind button and it will go backwards. You can then drool over Maksim and then rewind again. And maybe again. It’s like your very own instant re-play anytime you want. Since the show has continued to move forward in real time, now you can push a button called “Live”, and your TV jumps back to real live time. Isn’t that a great feature? Of course, it still has the “pause” feature too. Like when they do a close up of Maksim’s face, you might want to pause the screen to gaze just a little bit longer. You never know.
I want to personally thank Comcast for coming out with this DVR feature that has made my life and my TV recording and watching so much easier. When new technology works this well and is so easy to understand and use, I just love it. I sit on the couch and have my remote sitting in my lap and I can actually use it. And that, my friends, is why and how I fell in love with my Comcast DVR feature. And I’m expecting even greater features in the future.