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The end of an era [Aug. 12th, 2009|12:27 am]
Zoethe
Today we upgraded our TV system to digital cable and a DVR, which meant going to the cable company and picking up The Box.

In hooking up The Box to our media system, we finally disconnected the VCR.

The VCR had kind of become like the built-in 8-track player in your folk's stereo tuner: no one ever used that part of the component anymore, but it was still integrated into the system. In our case, watching TV on the MPS required the VCR to serve as the cable box/tuner. But with the DVR, that function was subsumed - and handled much more efficiently.

The last couple times I tried to play a tape in the VCR, it ate the tape. It's a useless box of wires now. I will put it on the curb, and someone will pick it up, because someone always does. To be honest, it's not the last VCR in the house - there is one built in to a small TV that isn't even plugged in, but for all intents and purposes?

Play taps for remaining the VHS tapes in our basement. They're just waiting to be chucked in a bin.
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[User Picture]From: kellirose1313
2009-08-12 05:31 am (UTC)
We've got a box in our closet full of vhs we just can't part with. The only time we get rid of anything in there is if we get the dvd or bluray of one of them.

ETA: Although our vcr is in use in our girl's room. They seem to destroy dvds but not tapes somehow, so all the old musicals and disney films are in their room.

Edited at 2009-08-12 05:32 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 05:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, we've been weeding it down as stuff gets replaced. It's tough.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2009-08-12 12:39 pm (UTC)
Do you have any "OMG!! This is teh official, limited edition Star Wars trilogy release!!!! Get it now because there will never be another until two years from now when we remaster it again release!!!" hanging around?

Bonus points if they are still in the shrink wrap. :-D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. I have the long, sleek, black box of THX sound, widescreen loveliness. Not shrinkwrapped - they've been watched quite a few times. The rest of my Star Wars tapes have been dispatched with alacrity; I am not a sentimental person when it comes to such things. Even the black box can go, now that I have the original, this-isn't-the-movie-you're-looking-for-why-don't-you-love-my-wacky-changes-well-tough-you-don't-really-understand-my-vision-and-it's-never-going-to-be-released-that-way-ever-again(-until-I-can-milk-you-idiots-for-more-cash) versions. I just haven't gotten around to it.

...

Okay, maybe I'm a *little* sentimental about that version....
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2009-08-12 05:47 am (UTC)
Have had a DVR for a while. But I was one of those people who was still taping things from the tv. Gee what's on this tape? We do still have VCRs because we have not completely replaced what is on tape with dvds. Still partly in the stone age. Refuse to get blue ray though.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2009-08-12 12:37 pm (UTC)
Refuse to get blue ray though

Unless you have a high-def television, I don't really see much point in getting one. DVDs aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

If you do have a high-def television, you should get a blu-ray player. The quality is absolutely stunning. Kicks DVDs to the curb.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:34 pm (UTC)
When I start seeing blu-ray disks in the $9 bin, I will consider it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, we won't actually chuck the tapes until we replace them, but they are effectively flatlined because we will not be watching them. Not a change, really - we hadn't watched anything on tape in years, really.
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[User Picture]From: lunarennui
2009-08-12 08:51 am (UTC)
we actually had to get off our lazy asses and go to a garage sale to BUY a VCR, because we had so many valuable tapes between us that neither of us had been able to watch in, oh, five or more years. it hangs out under the TV and our computers play all our DVDs.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:24 pm (UTC)
That's kind of funny. We've slowly been replacing our VHS collection from the $5 bins at Target and Best Buy, so we don't have that many tapes left, but there are a few things that will never be released on DVD and at some point I will have to get those transferred somehow.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-08-12 09:41 am (UTC)
I distinctly remember the time when my parents decided to switch from Beta to VHS. XD I must've been six or seven at the most (so around '91 or '92). They had to use one of those converters, to play the Beta tape while taping it on the blank VHS. My dad always firmly believed in Beta, until it died. He was also the first person I knew to start buying DVDs, back when DVD players were $500. He still has some of his old DVDs, mostly old dramas like Das Boot and Schindler's List.

Me, I wouldn't mind never dealing with all this BluRay stuff. I like my DVDs just fine how they are, thanks. It's a hassle to have to replace all your movies/shows every time a new technology comes around, especially with things you taped or burned from TV.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:28 pm (UTC)
At least BluRay players are backwards-compatible, so if I eventually *have* to buy one I will still be able to play my DVDs.

Most of the stuff I had from TV got lost between moving and the divorce, so I mourned it a long time ago. I will have to figure out how to transfer a few things from tape to DVD at some point, because they're never going to be released on DVD.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2009-08-12 03:28 pm (UTC)
I never had any VHS to mourn, myself. By the time I got old enough to be collecting my own movies and such, the only VHS I "owned" were old things I'd taped off TV. Mostly Hanson and Backstreet Boys interviews. And no, I didn't want them by then. XD

One of my dad's coworkers had a Laser Disc player, way back in the mid-90s. I remember watching movies on it. The discs were the size of a vinyl record (slightly bigger, even) and one movie was two, sometimes three discs. And they were so fragile that if you breathed on them they would stop working. He also had an enormous television to go along with it, the thing took up an entire wall of their basement... Ah, doctors. 9.9
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[User Picture]From: theinfamousmom
2009-08-12 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, my dad was just the opposite. He never used his VCR for anything but playing back tapes. He lived in an area where the power system was flaky and had absolutely no clue how to reset the clock on the VCR after a power outage, no matter how many times he read the manual.

My brother finally got so tired of being called over to reset the clock that he fixed the problem permanently by slapping some black tape over the flashing 12:00 12:00 12:00 12:00.
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From: simulated_knave
2009-08-12 10:45 am (UTC)
Odd though this might sound, it might be nice to put a bit of tape on the VCR with the words "eats tapes" carefully inscribed thereon. Save someone losing their precious VHS copy of Pearl Harbour. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:29 pm (UTC)
Probably a good idea.
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2009-08-12 11:17 am (UTC)
We bought my parents a DVD player for Christmas six years ago.

They put it in the room with the wood stove, placed it where all the hot air would be, and it caught on fire.

We bought them another one for Christmas two years ago.

Theoretically, it still works. My father wouldn't switch over from VHS until all the stores in the area stopped renting tapes and switched over fully to DVD. Even then, he bought most of their stock of VHS tapes when they were having the "Everything Must Go: $2 Tapes" sale.

I think my brothers and sisters use the DVD player. My dad? He only uses it when renting a new movie.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:31 pm (UTC)
Next time you're over, ask them to show you their buggy whip collection. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do hate the waste of tossing them. I'll probably donate them to the library for their next library sale - and afterward they can toss them!
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2009-08-12 05:06 pm (UTC)
we bought a VHS to DVD converter for just such things. :)
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2009-08-12 12:35 pm (UTC)
We use our VCR once a year, when we blow the dust off of the animated Twas the Night Before Christmas special.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds abut right.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2009-08-12 01:05 pm (UTC)
I got my folks a combo DVD/VHS player for their 30th anniversary. Two-in-one for twice the fun.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 01:44 pm (UTC)
I don't think they even make those anymore.
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[User Picture]From: theinfamousmom
2009-08-12 05:08 pm (UTC)
We have two of those combo players, mostly because I haven't yet gotten around to digitizing my all-time favorite stinker movie, "The Awakening" with Charlton Heston and Stephanie Zimbalist. Just can't understand why nobody ever released that one on DVD. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 05:25 pm (UTC)
That's a frightening thought....
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[User Picture]From: theinfamousmom
2009-08-12 05:49 pm (UTC)
Well, every once in a while I just get a hankering to watch a really, truly, terrible movie, and that one takes the cake. :)
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2009-08-12 01:51 pm (UTC)
Y'know, since we have the device to copy VHS to DVD, we ought to do that with the VHS we haven't replaced yet but can't bear to give up...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 02:04 pm (UTC)
What sort of device is it? Does it work well?
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[User Picture]From: morgi
2009-08-12 02:08 pm (UTC)
We got it from Sam's Club; it's a DVD on one side and a VHS on the other, to copy back and forth. So far we've used it to make copies of old training VHS, and sometimes to copy CDs, and it seems to work pretty well.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 02:15 pm (UTC)
Hmm... If I was to send you some tapes and some Writable DVDs....? (It would only be a very few, promise.)
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[User Picture]From: norda
2009-08-12 02:36 pm (UTC)
Wow.

I guess I'm the only person who uses a VCR regularly anymore.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-12 03:31 pm (UTC)
I know at least one other person. But it's winding down.
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[User Picture]From: zodarzone
2009-08-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
My VCR has taken to eating tapes whenever you sast forward or rewind while playing. At least, I'm assuming it still does that, haven't watched anything in it for a year.

Really need to have my not-available-on-DVD items switched over, Sarah can do it if we get the discs.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-13 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the tapes are pretty frail, and the machines hungry.
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[User Picture]From: bbwoof
2009-08-19 09:59 pm (UTC)
Don't throw out those tapes!!!!

Sell them on eBay. Or FreeCycle them. Believe me, SOMEBODY wants them.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-08-20 04:38 am (UTC)
They will go to the library for their sale.
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