DVR Reviews

I’ve been a DVR owner for more than eight years now. I first started out with a computer-based single tuner DVR card that worked fine. I could record one show at a time and watch it whenever I wanted. I connected the computer to the TV and used the DVR remote to play, stop, pause, and record.

As computers have advanced it became possible to record multiple shows at once. So I upgraded to another DVR card about four years ago. My new computer DVR with two tuners could record two shows at one time. One tuner was connected to the cable box and the other tuner recorded the free digital Clear QAM channels.

But in October 2014, our cable provider decided to stop broadcasting the free clear QAM channels. Now everything is encrypted. So was once again only able to record on one tuner. The other tuner could record the free over the air TV digital stations but reception where I live is awful.

So I started looking into other solutions. There are a number of DVR models that would work great for me. There are stand-alone models such as the TiVo and there are some models that attach to your computer such as the Hauppauge PVR 1512 or Ceton InfiniTV. But which one would be best for me? With that question, my research began. I wanted to do the research before I decide to buy so I know exactly what I want.

When you shop for any sort of gadget, the things that get very confusing very fast are all the numbers and technical jargon involved. With a DVR, it’s digital tuners, cable cards, clear QAM, ATSC, number of channels, size of the hard drive, the price, etc. The list goes on and on. If you can’t keep it all straight you wind up buying something you don’t need or spending too much and not getting what you really want.

DVR Play By Play (pun intended) is here to sort it all for you with in-depth product reviews, comparison charts, and easy to understand explanations of the technical stuff. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to make a well-informed buying decision before you get to the store or the online retailer. I want you to get exactly what you need for the best price possible.

Whether you’re looking to get your first DVR to help lower your cable bill, upgrade to a more advanced model, or get a DVR for security and peace of mind, is here to help. I’ve done the research so you don’t have to. That research combined with my own experience will help make buying a DVR easy.

So stay tuned and let’s press play.

1 comment for “DVR Reviews

  1. Erin
    May 15, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Hey Chuck, great informative site. I will be using it the next time I am shopping for DVR.

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