Featuring theories and hopeful predictions regarding The Digital Video Recorder of Tomorrow and what to expect in a Super Digital Video Recorder.
Remember just a few years ago when the best in home video preservation was offered by videocassette recorders, VCRs? It was quite a marvel at the time to be able to record whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. But for many the newfangled gizmo was of such a high level of complexity that to successfully program the unit's clock usually required a PhD in Astrophysics! Thankfully, as the VCR became a household fixture, we citizens had time to adjust, and finally get used to it. Then we realized it had serious limitations.
First of all, we could only ever record as much as a single video tape could handle, and the more video we put on one tape, the lower quality it had to be. Secondly, the tapes would degrade over time, rendering some extraordinary footage unusable just a few years down the line. And lastly, many VCRs had the horrible habit of eating tapes instead of playing them.
Thankfully, DVDs were developing, and soon hit mainstream use. But a few savvy individuals out there knew that the days of storing video on tapes and disks would soon be over. These pioneers of technology envisioned a time when all anyone would need is a single electronic unit, which would store and remember any television show, movie, or hilariously entertaining infomercial its owner could want, and never need to delete old programming to make room for the new. But of course, this day has yet to dawn.
You may already have a Digital Video Recorder in your house, or know someone who does. If this is the case, you might also know that there is currently a finite amount of storage capacity in a typical DVR, which forces us regular consumers to delete (or allow the auto-deletion of) less important programs to make room for new recordings. After all, a 100 GB hard drive in a DVR can only handle so much video, especially if a bunch of it is in High Definition.
For years, advanced features and capabilities have been programmed into many a DVR box, only to remain unused and unactivated for whatever secretive corporate purpose. Tantalizing and frustrating at the same time, these special functionalities make you wonder what lies in store just a few years ahead. Assuming we already have much more technological power potentially available to us than we currently use, and the only reason we don't use it is because the features aren't quite "ready," what incredibly possibilities lie in wait?
One of the biggest frustrations is the idea that a DVR could handle a second, external hard drive, provided by the customer, which would enable a doubled or tripled video storage capacity, but the capability is another of those forbidden under certain circumstances, for whatever reason. If you've solved this problem, I salute you! Thankfully it will become simpler as time goes on.
The Super Digital Video Recorder, the Digital Video Recorder of Tomorrow, has no need for external hard drives. Its internal memory can store innumerable terabytes of data. Any show you want to record, any format, HD, super HD, whatever, it can handle it, and save that show forever. With a Super Digital Video Recorder, you never need to worry about keeping up with your programming. You can watch what you want, when you want, and never miss a show because of auto-deletion. You can record everything in HD, and not worry about settling for normal definition due to a lack of DVR storage space!
The Super DVR can wirelessly transmit recorded programs to your computer, your iPod, your phone, or other televisions in your house. Got a Virtual Reality (VR) headset? Strap yourself in! Because the Super DVR can wirelessly send any programming to that device as well. The range of transmission encompasses the entire planet, thanks to satellites with which to bounce the signal around.
The Super Digital Video Recorder Doesn't Have Any Glitches
Have you ever set your current DVR to record only new episodes of a show, only to later find that your hard drive is suddenly filled with reruns, because there just so happened to be a last-season recap marathon, and your DVR didn't realize all those episodes were not new? The Super DVR does not have that problem. It can tell when an episode is new, and when it is a rerun, and never makes the mistake of confusing the two types.
You may have encountered a situation in which a new episode aired, was recorded, watched by you, and deleted from the DVR. Then the episode was rebroadcast, seen as new by your DVR yet again, and recorded a second, superfluous time. The Super DVR is so sophisticated that it would remember that you already watched and deleted that episode, and not even bother to record it the second time, unless so instructed by you.
Have you ever lost power, and found all your recordings missing? Not a problem with the Super DVR. Its memory is impervious to power loss, power fluctuations, and even severe power surges.
The Future's Digital Video Recorder Has Infinite Tuners
Yes, we are lucky to live in an age where our DVR can record from two separate channels at the same time. It has two tuners. But what happens when those recordings are not for you, but are for another member of your household? They are occurring simultaneously, occupying both tuners, and you don't have any interest in either of the programs. You can watch other DVR'd material. You could watch a DVD, a video tape, or go into the other room and watch that TV. A third option would be to have split the cable prior to hooking it up to your DVR, and running the new split-off directly to your television, giving you a third, free tuner. You might instead connect that line to a DVD recorder, or a VCR, and record a third show in non-DVR format. But wouldn't it be simpler to record everything with your DVR, and have a few more tuners? The Super Digital Video Recorder has you covered.
With its ingenious design, the Super DVR can record from any number of channels, and still lets you watch live TV on a free tuner. There is an unlimited number of tuners to choose from. This is actually a description of a future situation, in terms that we of today can understand and appreciate, with relevance to tuners. But in actuality, the Super DVR records every program on every channel, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, nonstop. And it saves them indefinitely, unless otherwise instructed. There is no risk of exhausting the hard drive capacity, so all shows are recorded in the highest quality format being broadcast, such as HD.
You can program your Super DVR to record shows and series piecemeal, as we currently do, and as we've discussed for the most part so far. A second, more advanced (and yet in many ways simpler) option is to allow the Super DVR to record EVERYTHING, and at your leisure you can then investigate what has already been recorded (i.e., broadcast) since you first hooked it up.
The Digital Video Recorder of Tomorrow Has Superior Organization
No longer must you search for programs by title alone. The Super DVR lets you search programs by year, by director, and by actor - even uncredited, cameo, extra, and bit part roles! Every piece of information about a film is stored in the Super Digital Video Recorder company's central database, and the Super DVR has constant access to all you could ever want to know about a program. You'll be free to search for specific programming by the average age of the entire cast, by the overall production budget, and even by the box office gross.
Have you ever remembered a program you saw a long time ago, but only have a vague idea of what it is? The Super Digital Video Recorder can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Voice recognition allows you to describe, out loud, the key features of your remembered program. The Super DVR will then match those pieces of information against known details for all relevant shows, movies, and broadcasts. In no time at all, you'll find exactly what you thought may have been lost to you forever, thanks to the Digital Video Recorder of Tomorrow!