February 10, 2015
Digital video recorders, also known as DVRs, have been around since TiVo launched in 1999. They enable you to record video in a digital format, allowing you to watch at a later date—basically a miracle for the busy TV show junkie. The immediate popularity of DVRs led to a fast-paced growth in technology, which continues to this day. If you are a DVR-savvy TV-watcher, here are some of the most cutting-edge advancements in DVR technology right now to get excited about:
Thanks to revolutionary cloud-based technology, it’s possible to watch your favorite shows wherever you are. With products like Comcast’s x1 DVR, you can stream recordings from anywhere. Even if you don’t have an Internet connection, you can still watch your favorite programs offline. Simply download your recordings to your tablet or Smartphone.
High Quantity Recording
Gone are the days when you were restricted to recording one show at a time. With advances in storage technology, companies are offering multiple recording options at the same time. Dish Network’s Hopper HD-DVR can record up to eight shows at once. Not to be outdone, Verizon FiOS introduced Quantam TV, allowing users to record up to 12 shows at the same time.
Did you happen to leave home without remembering to record the big game before you left? That’s no problem thanks to technology that allows you to remotely record your favorite shows. It’s easy to set your home DVR from any mobile phone or computer, ensuring that your shows are waiting for you when you get home.
Skip the Commercials
With Dish Network’s “Auto Hop” feature, users are treated to commercial-free viewing when watching back their recordings. By skipping the commercials, a user’s viewing experience will be very similar to watching Netflix. The only drawback is that the Auto hop capability won’t work with live broadcasts. Some other providers are striving to provide a “commercial skip” feature, however, there have been several legal battles on the issue that are holding some companies back.
DVR without the Cable
It is possible to watch all of the major networks with a simple HD antenna, forgoing the cable company altogether. However, there was no way to record shows watched that way. That has all changed thanks to Simple.TV, a home-based DVR that you control with an app, allowing you to watch almost anywhere. Funded on kickstarter.com, Simple.TV captures free-to-air broadcast TV or basic cable and makes it available on all of your connected screens.
These advances in DVR technology serve to give the viewer an extremely personalized experience. Audiences can watch what they want, when they want, and where they want. Now that’s customer service.
This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women’s interests and technology. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Dixie got advice for this article from the professionals of Solarus, who provide DVR services in Wisconsin.