How To Record Television

No doubt you've known the frustration of missing a World Series game or another sporting event, after which you wish you had known how to record television shows. This is a highly desired luxury when you're unavailable to catch an episode of you favorite show because you're having to work late one day. You may also want to be able to skip advertisements, which can only be achieved by watching a recording. Being able to record television shows, most importantly, affords you the ability to watch things on your schedule and not that of the TV or Cable networks.


You will need the following:

  • A Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

  • A Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

  • A Computer with a Video Capture Device and TV Tuner installed


  1. Record with a VCR. VCRs are the oldest devices manufactured in large quantities to record television shows. They are designed with cables which work with practically any type of television set, including modern High-Definition televisions (HDTV).

  2. Use a DVR. A Digital Video Recorder offers even more options than a VCR to record television, such as the potential for auto-skipping advertisements or scanning back and forth during a recording in progress. Also, because your recording is digital data, you can watch a DVR-recorded show as often as you want, without the degradation that occurs with a videotape.

  3. Record television shows using your computer. Basically, this is called the Personal Video Recorder (PVR) system, or personal computer-based DVR solution. It involves installing a DVR system into your home computer, which will allow it to record television shows directly to your hard drive. This method is the most complex and potentially the most expensive, but once it is working, you will have the freedom to record and archive your shows onto a hard drive or DVD. This is no more or less legal than doing it via VCR, but in this case your recordings are digital data, so it will not degrade the way videotapes do.



  • When you record television shows on a VCR, it will appear as standard definition video when played on a HDTV.

  • If you want to auto-skip commercials, an after-market DVR may be a better choice than the one supplied by your Cable or Satellite TV provider.

  • You may want to consult a computer technician to install a DVR system into your personal computer.



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