[opendtv] Re: Panasonic's DVD recorders include ATSC tuners

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 11:32:28 -0400

At 10:16 AM -0400 3/27/07, Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
Craig Birkmaier wrote:

 Watch while recording has always been possible with single
 tuner devices - this is not a big deal. Watching one
 program while recording another is what people want, and
 this requires dual tuners.

Not if all TV appliances incorporate their own receiver, which is what
they are supposed to do. That makes the most sense, because now you can
have any number of receivers tuned to any number of channels, not just
one or two.

For example, my father-in-law used to have two VCRs and a TV in his den.
Since every appliance had its own receiver, he could watch one show
while recording two others simultaneously, without having to own an
odd-ball 3-tuner, two-drive VCR.

True, IF every device has the requisite tuner(s).

The example given in the Panasonic press release was the ability to record one show while watching another on a second TV, WITHOUT a cable box. If that TV does not have a digital cable tuner, you would need two digital tuners in the DVD recorder.

The reason I keep bringing this up is that virtually all DVRs have dual tuners - typically for watching one while recording another, but also for recording two shows that have overlapping "broadcast" times.


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