The Amazing DVR

By: Flora Northdrop

Intro

Have you ever wondered WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A DVR?  I sure have. That is why I am going to tell you all about DVRs.  I am first going to tell you WHAT a DVR is. Where can you BUY a DVR? IÕll tell you that next.  PROGRAMMING a DVR is next on the list.  Get ready to learn some HISTORY after that.  Finally, you can learn how to BUILD your own DVR.  Have fun learning.

 

What a DVR is.

This paragraph is about WHAT a DVR is. According to Answers Corporation, a DVR is a hard drive.  It works like your computer. It can record live TV and play it back to you.  You do not have to use tapes or DVDs to record it just goes to the hard drive.  I think that this is AWESOME! No tapes to deal with and no scratches.

What does DVR stand for?  According to Jonathan Strickland, DVR is not the real name for a DVR.  It is just an acronym for it.  DVR stands for Digital Video Recorder.  It is just like how TV stands for television.  We wouldnÕt want to say Digital Video Recorder all the time so they shortened it to DVR  

If you want to know a main feature of the DVR youÕve come to the right place. According to Jonathan Strickland, One of the main features on a DVR, and one that is talked about the most, is the ability to "pause live television" or so they say.  This feature has caused many people to stop and wonder how this is done.                                  The phrase "pause live TV" is a bit misleading because DVRs are constantly recording to a live TV buffer.  When you hit the pause button on a DVR remote, it freeze-frames the current image on the screen, giving the appearance of a paused videotape.  When you hit the un-pause button (play), the recorded program begins to play.  I think that this is really cool.

Buying a DVR

This paragraph is about where you can buy a DVR.  According to HowStuffWorks.com There are many different companies that sell DVRs.  A few of them are TiVo, Motorola, RCA and Scientific Atlanta.  Try one of these wonderful stores to find a DVR for your home.

Programming

This paragraph is about one way you can program your DVR.    According to Jonathan Strickland, you can fix the DVR so that you can program it from a smartphone or your computer. You could sot your DVR to record a specific show form Halfway around the world with only a few clicks on your computer or a few seconds programming it on your smatrphone.  This is way cool. Programming halfway around the world? Awesome!

History

This paragraph is about why the DVR got invented.  According to Jonathan Strickland, the cassette tapes were too much of a bother.  They got tangled up and sometimes they melted in the hot sun.  You also could only record for an hour at a time.  No more cassette tapes Hurray!  People must have really loved the DVR for that.

Building a DVR

This paragraph is about how strong of a computer you would need if you were to build your own DVR.  According to Jonathan Strickland, It depends on what you what to do with your DVR. If you are just going to record TV shows or movies in standard definition you really wouldn't need something way powerful. But, if you are going to be recording and playing back high-definition (HD) programming or want to watch any Blue-ray disks you will need something with a little more horsepower.  If you build your own DVR you can practically put any kind of features for less money than it would cost to buy a DVR.

This paragraph is about things that you need to watch for when buying or sitting up the computer that youÕll use for your own DVR.  According to Ed Grabianowski, There are five things that you need to watch for when buying or setting up the computer that you'll use for your DVR.  Those five things are a hard drive, a video card, a processor, memory and, a power supply.  I would watch for those things if I were you!

 

Bibliography

 

 

 

 

 

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Bibliography

Source:

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/dvr.htm

Author:

HowStuffWorks, Inc

Title:

HowStuffWorks "How DVR Works"

Date of retrieval:

May 6, 2010

Brief Summary:

This website has lots of good information.  There are some great pictures.  There are lots of advertisements though.

 

 

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Source:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_DVR

Author:

Answers Corporation

Title:

WikiAnswers - What is a DVR

Date of retrieval:

May 6, 2010

Brief Summary:

This Website has some good information.  There are no advertisements.

 

 

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http://teachingtools.nridge.net/Research/AdFreeWelchMade/dvr.htm

Author:

Strickland, Jonathan and Bickers, James

Title:

HowStuffWorks "How DVR Works"

Date of retrieval:

May 10, 2010

Brief Summary:

This website was modified by Mr. Welch so it does not have an advertisements.  There is lots of information. There are also some cool pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

Source:

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-tech/how-to-build-dvr1.htm

Author:

Grabianowski,  Ed

Title:

HowStuffWorks Laying the Foundation for Your DVR

Date of retrieval:

May 12, 2010

Brief Summary:

This is a great website that tells you about how to build your own DVR.  There is an awesome picture. There are lots of advertisements though.