I must drag my family into the 21st century. We need a more modern method of recording televised programs. Currently, we have a VCR. Yes, you read that correctly: A Video Cassette Recorder. Granted, it also plays DVDs, but if I want to record a program on it I need to jump through several annoying hoops.
First of all, find a cassette. I’m sure we have some somewhere, but the one I have been using is getting warped. You know, it sounds like everyone’s underwater or gargling or doing some very bad yodeling. Second, I have to program the recorder. That’s not so bad, but this particular devise won’t record on a different station than what the TV is set on. Or at least I haven’t figured out how to do it. Third, I must make sure Husband and Kids don’t change the channel while I’m recording on that particular TV. Seriously. “Don’t touch the TV in the bedroom!” rings through our house on certain nights.
A modern human being should not have to go through any such machinations to watch a program that happens to be on at an inconvenient time. It’s just not right. Why should I miss Fringe when Grimm is on? How can you ask me to skip my daughter’s winter concert because I can’t miss an episode of Terra Nova? Not that I would. Skip the concert, I mean.
The thing is, I’m technologically impaired. Seriously. Whatever we get must be simple to install/operate. Well, it can be more complicated to install if the Husband ends up doing it, but easier is better. And it DEFINITELY needs to be relatively easy to operate. It would be nice if I could also play video cassettes (because yes, we still have some old movies on video), DVDs (ditto), and Blue Ray (only one movie, accidentally purchase, but there could be more in our future).
Am I asking too much? I just want to watch my programs when *I* want to watch them!
So, I’m asking, dear readers, what sort of device do you recommend? Christmas is approaching and Husband will ask what I want. If I give him a specific item, it might just happen. I’ve also read a little about recording onto a PC. Anyone know about that? What would it take? (We’re also in the market for a new computer, so kill two birds with one stone?)
Help me, Contact IF! You’re my only hope!
Note-The above image is NOT of our current recorder. I do remember having one like it, though.
Cathy’s debut novel Rulebreaker, a F/F futuristic romance, is available from Carina Press.