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Ease of using VHS vs. DVD

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Initial post: Nov 5, 2009, 7:33:24 AM PST
foggy lady says:
With VHS, your basic equipment need is a player/recorder and a tape for cleaning the playing/recording heads in the machine. You put a tape in, hit a button and then sit back and enjoy a glitch free presentation. These tapes can be played many times without a problem. Recording is also a simple one button operation.

With DVD you have the player and a cleaning disk and there the similarity with VHS ends. Despite the claims of better picture, sound and other claims made for DVD's, I find them highly frustrating. You have to make sure you only handle them by the hole in the middle and the edges. On the first play through, about 75% of them will give you a glitch free play, but on the second or third time, you'll start getting little breakups, glitches, stops, hiccups or in some cases, they will stop and that is the end of viewing.

So, the next step in that little parade is to go out and buy a disk cleaning kit (ka-ching). My first one was a manual one, which was difficult to use, so I purchased an automatic one (ka-cihg). I spray on the cleaning solution and stuck it in the machine and the machine spins it around. Then I take it out of the machine and use a special cloth that comes with the kit to remove excess solution and then another little cloth is used to "buff" it.

After all this hassle, I stick the disk back into the player and if I'm lucky, there just may be only a few glitches.

I shudder to think what would happen if the disk gets dropped onto the floor.

Now, with blue-ray, you have to have a different player. (ka-ching)

One other frustrating thing about DVD's. Some 'expert' nut cases have determined that 'wide screen' format is better than full screen. When I purchased my TV, I purchased a certain screen size. I don't really need to have 1/3 or more of my screen blacked out, because someone else thinks it's better. All it does is reduce my viewing area down to a smaller picture.

I sincerely believe that DVD technology was created for the sole purpose of putting more money into the pockets of the manufacturers the discs and accessories.

Excuse me, but I think I'll go put in a VHS tape and relax with a hiccup free presentation.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009, 1:18:36 PM PST
P. Martin says:
I still own many vhs tapes and I still enjoy them. I like DVDs because they are thinner and they have great sets that I can add to my movie collection, as well as tv season sets (but thats another collection...).

I have about 4000 movies, half of which are on vhs tapes that I recorded myself over the last 18 years, about 100 retail vhs tapes and the rest are DVDs. Since I basically only watch a movie once, unless I have a movie night with someone, I dont care what format it's on and I dont need to clean my discs at all. I have bought used dvds before and I never experienced any gliches with faintly scratched or dirty discs. Those that were really bad and unplayable were refunded .

As for dvd players, seems they keep coming out with new ones every few years. The first player I bought was in 2000 and it didn't play DVD-R, so then I had to get another player a few years later. It was a cheap one and occasionally it wont play certain homemade discs, so I bought a third one. This one plays everything, but it has happened that it couldn't play a certain format (I cant recall which ), but the cheaper one could!

And I dont even have anything HD and I dont plan on buying a blu ray player ever. I'm quite happy with what I have and I still record off tv with a vcr and I own 2 of those. In fact I plan on buying a few more in case vcrs are eventually discontinued from the market.

One thing I like about vhs tapes, once you stop it , you can easily find where you left off, but with a dvd, you have to search or skip for the exact place.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009, 1:18:58 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009, 1:48:55 PM PST
foggy lady says:
I'm with you in not planning to purchase Blue-ray. The problem with the constant "improving" they do with this kind of thing, is that they eventually take the previous tech off the market. I have purchased at least one movie brand new on DVD that on first play, had all kinds of glitches and finally stopped. I took it back for a refund.

A number of TV series I buy are such things as The Universe series from Discover channel. This type of stuff is something I like to watch several times just for the information in them.

I only have the one DVD player that came built in to my TV along with a VHS player/recorder. Perhaps I should purchase a different player. I don't know.

Like you, I have no intentions of purchasing blue ray and am not even remotely interested in HD.

foggylady (J. Prout)

Posted on Nov 9, 2009, 3:27:37 PM PST
Carrie O. says:
I prefer the DVDs. I don't have hiccups on my DVD's but I definitely do with my VCR. I've had bad discs here and there, but I had bad tapes here and there too. I had way more problems with tapes breaking due to mis-feed in the machine. I've never had to resurface (clean) any of my DVD's. But maybe I've just had a great experience, who knows?

BTW I also have VHS tapes in widescreen or letterbox format, it's not something "new" with DVD. I can't watch movies that were originally filmed widescreen in fullscreen format. The shoddy "pan and scan" they do when converting widescreen to fullscreen makes me queazy and I miss way too much of the side action from the movies.

I will be buying a blu-ray player once the price comes down. My TV recently died, so I did upgrade to a used HD LCD television and I absolutely love it. :)

Posted on Nov 10, 2009, 6:07:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2009, 6:09:11 PM PST
Nobody Here says:
In the summer of 2001 I bought my first DVD player to replace a VCR that was at the point 11 yrs old. I also bought 5 DVD's that even today play glitch free. The only problem I have ever had was the players tend to crap out after 2 or 3 years, and anyone whose ever owned a portable cd player knows why. My current collection of DVD's is reaching 350 and growing and i have problems with only 1. 1 in 350, that to me seems like pretty good odds.

I will not buy, however, a blue-ray if it does not play my old DVD's. I haven't done much research on that matter, but it is my opinion that blue-ray will fail if the latter is not true. To go further i have completely gotten rid of a need for a VCR with the aid of my TIVO.

Keep your VHS, I'll watch my DVD's!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2009, 7:34:58 PM PST
foggy lady says:
I appreciate your answer. I am not too versed in DVD tech, so did not realize the players were so lousy. I put the DVD into a portable player I had and it played glitch free. So, I suppose I shall have to save uo my sheckles and see if I can get a new one. Boy! The makers have us over a barrell, don't they?
Thanks for the clue.

I still like my VHS tho.
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