Your Smart TV and Its Recording Features (most Common Questions Answered)|Get the most out of your Smart TV


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Are you one of those people that wonder how they can access and view shows after it has aired?

With the high-end high definition televisions being used by families around the world nowadays, it is not so easy to record shows as it was in the past.

Now the steps to record shows are no longer direct depending on the model of your televisions. We all know the technologies applied in the production of televisions(regular and smart alike) are actively evolving.

In smart Tvs it can be observed that a few years after production and distribution, most of its applications stop receiving updates;Smart TVs features

with more time they stop working because they’re no longer supported by the manufacturers. In this event, the TV becomes basic and you’re left to settle for its recording features or cable tv.

If you are curious about the workings of a Recorder in televisions, then this article is for you.

Here, we’ll be answering the common questions on the presence of DVR in smart TVs, how to record shows on your TV , and other questions. If after reading this you still have more inquiries, do well to leave them in the comment box after.

How can I record TV shows to watch later?

There are different ways of doing this…

Video home system (VHS) and Video cassette recorders (VCR):

These are old technologies that are rarely used now because they can’t fully process high-definition quality images. However, they are affordable and simple to use.

A VCR’s appeal back in the old days is that it recorded shows from the aerial signals, not directly from the television. With a VCR you can edit the recorded programs. However, they have an analog tuner to record only one show at a time.

Digital Video Recorder and Personal Video Recorder:

These have been in use since 2008. These allow the recording of high-definition images and videos. More superior to VHS.

DVR and PVR both use software that records straight off the television set. Depending on the age number of installer tuners, you can record from one to several other channels shows to watch later. PVRs are being used for games also because they have a very large storage.

USB Drive/ Hard Drive:

There are times when a smart TV can’t record some shows, in these events a USB Drive or hard drive can be used. You only need to have a tv set with a USB port.

Before either of these two can be used, you must ensure they have enough space to contain the large files of quality images and videos.

Sometimes, they must also come with their power source, especially if they don’t draw power from the TV set. If you have a timer set for times you’re not close to the TV, it might record automatically when the show begins.

DVD recorders:

This is less bulky than video cassettes. Rather than have a cupboard filled with cassettes, you will have a tiny compartment of DVDs.

With a DVD recorder, you gave your recorded show for as long as you have your disks. However, They’re no longer in demand due to the production of digital recorders.

You can also use a TV tuner and PC to record shows to your hard drive.

Can you get a tv with a built-in recorder?

Yes, you can! It all boils down to your budget.

Some premium quality TVs now get manufactured with an integrated recording. With your remote control, you can click on record, for shows to start being saved to the memory storage.

The memory storage could be in the form of a PVR, or DVR cloud service. Samsung TVs refer to this function as an “Extended PVT’ or ” Timeshift”.

It’s funny that at a point TVs with inbuilt VHS and VCR were the greatest thing to happen to the TV industry, and now they’re rarely used, it is possible that with time technology will evolve again and give viewers a better option than the use of DVR and PVR. Sharp still produces these televisions.

There are some TV models with inbuilt PVR functions although most do not have the time machine functions that enable you to edit, pause, rewind, and fast forward a live show.

Some are also manufactured with built-in free view tuners that can be accessed with a PVR. With a free view tuner, you can watch other shows while another show is being viewed.

How to record TV shows from an antenna

Recording over the air is mostly done when there is no cable TV attached. To do this, you need a DVR or a VHS. With a DVR, you can pause, rewind and fast forward the show, the same can’t be said when a VHS is used.

With an antenna, the only cost incurred is the purchase and initial installation of the antenna at the right location.

There’s no extra charge incurred every month because over the air channels are free to air. However, to get premium service, you can choose to pay a net amount for lifetime use or you can pay little subscriptions to the DVR provider every month.

Recording TV Shows from an antenna is all about recording TV shows off non-paid channels. With the right device, you can be able to record HD quality. And of course, you need a very good antenna to pick up relevant channels.

Before we go into how an Over-the-air DVR antenna works, let’s see a brief rundown of how a regular antenna works.

How a normal antenna works:

When your antenna is connected to your TV set, your TV tuner automatically begins to pick up channels over the air signals and transmits them to the tv screen.

How OTA DVR functions

Most of the DVR manufactured in recent years need a wifi connection to function…

It works in two ways. However depending on the DVR box purchased you can either use an app to control its record functions or you can plug the antenna directly to the DVR, and then with another cable, you link the DVR to the TV set.

Some of these OTA DVRs come with an embedded hard drive and others are some that you need to purchase a big storage hard drive for.

They are simple and easy-to-use devices. One way to save storage space is to set your DVR to record at 720mp.

Read on to know the best DVR to purchase.

The best DVRs that work with antenna tv

Are you trying to pick a DVR model?

Do you want to know what your best options are?

Brands like channel master, tablo, and tivo are the most common in the OTA DVR market.

Tivo Edge: this is currently the best in the market. It offers the most service and makes recording over the air so convenient.

Did I mention that it is easy to use with a fully functional remote control that can be used to search for the preferred channel? It has a 4gigabyte memory and its storage space is 2terebyte.

As many as 4 different shows can be recorded simultaneously with the tivo edge. The one-time payment for this OTA DVR costs a little over $250.

Channel Master’s Stream+: This costs about $150 to purchase and has free guide days after which a subscription is required.

AirTv: This uses a single app to combine both cable records and over-the-air records. With an air tv DVR, you do not have to pay for cable tv.

Amazon Fire Tv Recast: this is also a very good OTA DVR. It supports 4k resolution videos. For this to function efficiently you need an HD antenna. This device can allow you to record up to 75 hours of shows. It also uses a commendable voice command system.

Other OTA DVRs worthy to be mentioned include;

  • Tablo (four tuners with a chance to add more storage)
  • Dishhopper
  • Infinity X1
  • And so many others.

Is there a DVR that works with streaming services?

Yes, some DVRs work with streaming services. However, it depends on the site being streamed from.

Some sites prohibit recording their contents. Some of these sites include: NBC, Hulu, Netflix, Fox, and Amazon Prime Video to mention a few.

That is DVRs support live streaming shows but are not allowed to record from all sites. However, these shows can be stored on your DVR cloud; an online storage system where your recorded hours of shows are stored in a data center rather than a set box or hard drive.

The hours of shows that are stored are determined by your subscription plan and the streaming networks’ terms. Some sites allow unlimited hours of shows for a limited timeframe, while others allow limited hours of shows for an unspecified time limit.

Best DVRs for streaming services:

YouTube Tv: It is relatively cheap at $49.99 for the content it offers. It allows cloud DVR to save unlimited content for a limited time frame with over 70 available channels.

Others include;

  • Philo
  • AT & T TV NOW
  • Sling tv
  • And many more.

Do smart TVs have a built-in DVR?

Yes, they do.

Top-grade smart tvs have integrated recording functions that are permitted by some apps. They can either have a personal video recorder or a digital video recorder. With this on your smart TV, you can pause, rewind and skip shows on your smart tv.

Brands like Samsung and LG manufacture smart TVs with a time shift feature, that is you can save shows by pressing the ‘REC’ button on the remote. With the embedded DVR you can record from anywhere on your smart TV, either from an external device or analog tv.

However, to record a show while watching another simultaneously, you need to have two TV tuners.

It is important to mention that TVs with embedded DVR/PVR are not only very expensive, they sometimes end up having storage issues with the low video quality. The DVR/PVR also requires periodic servicing which can also be quite costly.

If your smart tv does not have an integrated DVR/PVR, there are ways you can work around this.

  • You can choose to record to a USB device.
  • A hard disk can be attached to the television to serve as storage.

But if you choose to do this, make sure your external device is safe to use, or else it could corrupt your smart tv’s system.

Bottom Line

Just imagine if we were still without recorders right now, and you miss the last episode of an important series, you would have no choice but to wait for the rerun whenever the producers of the show see fit.

Thanks to these recording functions, entertainment is now available on-demand. We can choose to record and watch a show when we want to and as frequently as we want to.

Michael Techy

Am a Professional App Developer with 5 years experience, am also a Tech Author and Writer, I also spend my whole day either writing a script or writing an interest article about our tech world. I love to talk about technology that has to do with Windows and Mac OS, Software and Mobile Apps as I understand That users now want to enjoy their favorite apps on their PC

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