Friday, November 1, 2013
Ahhh...Remember VCRs? You Could Set Them To Record Your Favorite Show And Watch It Later. Tried To Hook One Up To Your New Flat TV And Record A Program? Good Luck. Not With DTV. Status: Next Gen. Goodwill Score!
While digging around the wares at a South County Goodwill I found this Magnavox Digital Video Recorder / DVD player - recorder...with a built in DTV tuner! This means that I can finally record Antenna TV again! And so much more.
...And for about the same price as a VCR! I held little hope that this DVD recorder / DVR would
actually be operable when I got it home but you just never know. I took a moment to plug it in at the
Goodwill just to make sure that it powered up...and it did. When I got it home I attached it to the TV
and dropped in a DVD it loaded right up and played the DVD no problem. The only issue I
Did have was the lack of a proper remote. Most electronics these days are nearly useless
without their remote.
Without that remote, watching a DVD was ALL I could do with this. I still wasn't sure if
anything else worked because I couldn't set up the Digital Television Tuner. Without that there wasn't
a way to test the DVR aspect. Speaking of, this bad boy sports a 320 Gigabyte HD giving 387 hours
of TV recording / playback. I'm sure there are new products out there that just obliterate this, but
guess what...they don't cost $15...tax free. Well, it wasn't just $15. I had to buy a universal remote
today. That cost more than the machine it is intended to operate! But it does the job and I got the
channels programmed and BAM, the DVR works too! I haven't tried to record a DVD yet, but I can't
believe that it wouldn't work as well. I know...it's not the normal vintage modern stuff I feature here
but this is just another example of some of the great deals one can get at the thrift stores!