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Recording (cable) TV for an elderly person

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Initial post: Sep 11, 2012 7:43:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 7:45:04 PM PDT
Yasue says:
Technically, this may not be the right forum for this, but I trust those who look at this forum to have a potential solution more than other sections. Here's the situation:

My dad is 78 and his mad that he can't use his VCR anymore due to lack of easy to get VHS tapes.

He'd like to record a handful of cable shows (mostly financial programs) to watch later, since my mom hogs the TV most of the time.

He's stubborn and doesn't want to pay the cable company for a DVR.

The most important thing here is any solution I offer him needs to be very straight forward. He's OK with the interfaces he had for his later VCRs, but too much will frustrate him.

I know some cable companies block the recording of cable channels or the channels themselves block recording.

Any idea how I can get him his shows back, without a huge investment? Once upon a time we had DVD players with recordable DVDs, but I haven't seen those in ages, so I don't know if it's obsolete. It'll be a shame if it is, since that's most probably the most old-guy-who-won't-pay-for-monthly-DVR friendly option I can think of.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 3:49:57 AM PDT
E. Blair says:
Tivo is the way to go. You can purchase a lifetime subscription. Or monthly. They r very easy to operate and program

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 8:27:08 PM PDT
Yasue says:
I looked at Tivo, but I don't know if I could convince him to pay the lifetime sub, since he's already balking at the idea of paying the cable company as it is. He's from the VCR era where yu bought it at a reasonable price and then you just had to buy tapes. Thanks for suggesting it though. I've known people who had Tivo and loved it.
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