Frankly, I wanted to record a show while watching another show. What we discovered was that technology had passed us by.
He started by researching recording machines on the internet. After a great deal of work, we hit the streets with a general idea of what he wanted. I wanted to record a show or two on the old analog TV downstairs while watching something on the almost modern TV upstairs.
Target, where you used to be able to find a low cost piece of electronics, had nothing that recorded. Moving on to Radio Shack, he discovered they had nothing either. From there, we wandered up to Best Buy. We bought a recorder, and after a struggle getting it set up discovered that it would only record if we owned a separate tuner box. We do not.
The following night, back it went. On our way to Frye’s, we stopped at Walmart over my inner objections. I sat in the truck. Nope, they didn’t have anything with tuner’s either. Frye’s did…at $400 plus bucks.
“It’s your decision,” I told him.
After a weighty period of hemming and hawing, he bought a $400 dollar recorder, and we brought it home. He didn’t set it up, but he did sleep on that $400 bucks. I let him. This morning, after a certain degree of muttering, he began researching our options with our cable supplier. Bobbie was murmuring in my ear asking why we didn’t go with Roku or Hulu and Netflix.
“I hate Cox,” she told me.
Me…I don’t care. We haven’t had trouble with them yet, and we have used them since 1984.
G discovered that a box with expanded channels through Cox, including the National G Channel, was only $19 bucks a month more than what we pay now. Most of these will be in HiDef. No more big black borders on all our TV viewing. He can still watch his morning news on the old analog TV, and we can relax in comfort upstairs when we want to be digital. Maybe we will be able to see details for the first time too. Imagine, we can record two shows and watch one…if we can find that many shows to watch at once.
This is pretty fancy stuff for us hard core old-timers. We are looking forward to jumping into the digital age.
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