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You know how everyone talks about how wonderful DVRs are and how they totally replace VHS... It's bullcrap! Oh, I'll admit they're good, and the picture quality of the recorded stuff IS much better than VHS, but BIG WHOOP!

I actually noticed right off the bat that even if you have an impressive number of recording hours (in my case 150) you will fill that up faster than you think. Now most of the stuff is the watch once and delete type stuff, but even then I had already accumulated about one hundred hours that I wanted to keep, not forever just for a while. Most (but not all) I would have eventually deleted.

And that was pretty much all the thought I gave about all that, until now.

*sigh* I suppose I should have known that something could (would) go wrong. Several months ago I got DISH DVR and all was well... Mostly. I kinda miss the awesome local forecast from the weather channel as cable has but DISH does not. I mean it has one, but it just isn't quite as good as cables. I also lost two "local" stations - one is even in another state. Still having so many channels IS good, because that usually means there is something on somewhere that is worth watching, and hey if not I have the stuff I was saving in my DVR.

Whoops! I don't. Well, actually I still do for the moment. But in the coming days I won't, because even though I'm putting stuff from the DVR to VHS as fast as I can (which isn't very fast) there's no way I can save one hundred hours of stuff...

But in the past week our box has been messing up - not related to the DVR itself. What happens is that when it does that overnight updating thingie it will lock up. So, the next morning you have to go through a pain ritual of resitting the thing, then waiting a minute to actually get it turned off, then waiting yet another minute to get it to come back on. Then, of course, it has to go through the whole thing of "finding" the signal after all that. This has happened every day the past week, except for the one night I tried trouble-shooting, which didn't actually solve my problem, but for that one day I was hopeful.

Yesterday the DISH man came, and he didn't have any idea why it was behaving the way it was, which basically means we will be getting a new box. The big thing that gets me is that I suspect it is probably just a small switch or something inside said box that I still think could easily be replaced.

I'm supposed to go get the new box tomorrow, but it'll probably be tomorrow night or Friday morning until I can hook it up. Yes, I'm going to try and hook it up myself. The dude that originally installed and then came to work on it said I could just pick it up and do it myself (if I thought I could). Honestly, I think he just doesn't want to come back, and you know with gas prices being what they are I can understand that. And I should be able to do it myself, because I'll be unhooking the old (messed up) one just before hooking the new one up (unhook one wire, immediately hook said wire into the new one) - I suspect doing the set-up afterward will be the harder part. That is unless they need me to bring the old one back before they'll give me the new one - in that case I'll have to have their man come back and install.

Also, I still have at least fifteen to twenty more hours of stuff that I am going to save. Why? Because most of what is on the DVR will be shown on TV again eventually, but there are about thirty hours that won't be.
A, I don't get the channels I originally recorded the stuff from anymore
B, they are lessor known shows from network TV, which haven't been reran to date, nor are they out on DVD yet.
So, there's about thirty hours I need to save - I've gotten eight hours done and by the time I go to bed tonight I should be able to get at least get sixteen to eighteen more completed, which won't have me completely finished, but if I could stay up all night Thursday I could get it finished (I'm sure) and get the new DVR installed.
*sigh* I wish I could speed the process up, but I have to let what I'm recording actually play for it to record properly which means it is going to take a bit longer. At least now I have learned my lesson and now about once a month I will decide what I want to save to VHS and hopefully won't have this problem if (when) the next one messes up.
Yeah.. thats one of the biggest issues with machines like that, the information they can store is impressive but when they're filled to capacity then you've almost got no way to store and save it on other media...

*hugs* :)
What's crazy is that I think DISH does have something like that (called PocketDISH) which would or should work for what I wanted (remove stuff from one DISHDVR and place it on another), but it is crazy ass expensive and the only place I could find one (three) each version was listed as being "out of stock" anyway.
Besides I was told by the folks who sold me DISH that they believed it would only work on the HD DVRs - mine is not HD, be kinda useless since my TV isn't HD. ;)

Still I'm making good progress on my slow transfers today - I've filled two six hour tapes - I'll have to check, but I do believe that takes care of the Network stuff. Now I'm working on four half hour shows, after that I'll do one two hour movie (which I've been unable to find anywhere else, including Netflix), finally comes my p0rn!

I'm starting to think it would just be easier to get a month (or two) SkinAmax (official name something else) to replace my p0rn - I've got loads, and I'm gonna lose more than I'll be able to save cause I don't have enough tapes. :(