Having a very large storage capacity on your DVR is beneficial if you like to store everything you have recorded for long periods of time. It is also useful if you have cycles when you can't watch TV followed by times when you catch up on everything you missed. This allows you to record television during your busy times and watch it when you have a chance. If you fit into one of these categories, you may want to ensure you have a high capacity DVR:
• Teachers who record television during the school year and watch it during winter break, spring break, and summer vacation.
• People who travel for significant periods of time and need to record shows while away from home to watch upon return.
• Students who have a DVR at home but live in the dorms and want to have programming available during breaks.
To calculate your needed DVR storage capacity, count the number of hours of television that you want to record per day or week and the number of days or weeks it will be before you can start watching what you recorded.
One solution if you would prefer a DVR box with a smaller capacity but still want to store a lot of video files is to transfer them to another hard drive. Some systems allow you to connect an external hard drive to your DVR or allow you to connect your DVR to a computer to store additional files or even burn them to a DVD data disc for long term storage. This solution is ideal if the cost to increase your DVR's capacity is too high for your budget.
Quality can make a huge difference when it comes to how many shows you can record on a DVR before you run out of space. The space they take on the DVR depends not only on the length of the program, but the quality of the recording. Because of the quality of HDTV, these shows take up at least twice as much space as a standard definition program so if HDTV is your thing, you'll definitely need a DVR with a large storage capacity. On the other hand, if you care more about the content of your programming than the quality, you can record at a lower quality to fit more hours of television on your DVR.
Whatever your personal situation is, there is a DVR with the right amount of space for your needs. Maybe start with a smaller one and try some of these ideas, then upgrade if you find that to be the best solution for you.
Everyone wants to be able to watch their favorite shows any time and that's where getting a DVR storage capacity upgrade can help. Xavier Barnett wanted to know all about DVR's and mobile TV apps so he could be up to date on his TV viewing.
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