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Does Anyone Still Use A VHS Player?

Just curious.

by Anonymousreply 5801/04/2012

I wouldn't say 'use' but I have um...four; two machines and two as part of old TVs.

I have a few hundred VHS tapes in storage; maybe half are labeled. Some day I'd love to transfer them all to DVDs.

by Anonymousreply 112/17/2011

I do, I watch old vhs tapes of movies not available on dvd.

by Anonymousreply 212/17/2011

I do.

That said, I know I'm going to be SOL when it finally craps out. I don't know any other way to record movies I want to save.

by Anonymousreply 312/17/2011

A what? Speak English, OP.

by Anonymousreply 412/17/2011

I have, kept or purchased all of my old technology. I'm currently converting all old home video tapes.. VHS, hi8, dv... into digital searchable files. So YEAH... I have a VHS player

by Anonymousreply 512/17/2011

r3, you could always go on ebay and get a VCR. They cost practically nothing now.

by Anonymousreply 612/17/2011

Eldergay thread.

by Anonymousreply 712/17/2011

[quote]Eldergay thread.

Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.

by Anonymousreply 812/17/2011

I was just thinking of starting a similar thread. Yes I do have my VCR still hooked up. The only reason: occasionally I like to watch old Falcon tapes I bought. Just or the memories.

by Anonymousreply 912/17/2011

I have a DVD/VCR combo in my bedroom that I keep just in case I should want to watch the handfull of movies that I have on VHS that aren't available on DVD.

by Anonymousreply 1012/17/2011

Can VHS tapes be converted to DVDs as albums can be converted to CDs?

by Anonymousreply 1112/17/2011

I have a DVD/VHS combo too .... started converting some VHS to DVD, but it's time consuming. I'd rather just watch the VHS tapes when the urge strikes.

by Anonymousreply 1212/17/2011

Of course.

What idiot doesn't occasionally use a VCR?

by Anonymousreply 1312/17/2011

[quote] That said, I know I'm going to be SOL when it finally craps out. I don't know any other way to record movies I want to save.

A DVR from your cable or satellite provider and a recordable DVD.

by Anonymousreply 1412/17/2011

[quote]Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.

Oh, STFU. If you want to talk about something else, go start a thread.

by Anonymousreply 1512/17/2011

[quote]Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.

Get a grip, sonny. Without us, you wouldn't have an Internet to whine on.

VHS, yes, for movies not available on DVD. My last one quit, found one at a garage sale.

by Anonymousreply 1612/17/2011

I need to transfer old tapes to dvd. Can anyone recommend a good method? Computer program or dvd recorder/vcr?

by Anonymousreply 1712/17/2011

I still use one to occasionally record a tv show. I already pay a lot every month just to WATCH basic cable. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay to record shows as well.

by Anonymousreply 1812/17/2011

[quote]Unfortunately, that's no longer a rarity around here.

Posted at 10:08 PM by some fabulous gayling sitting alone in a fucking Starbucks on a Saturday night.

by Anonymousreply 1912/17/2011

Yes, my son has one in his room as part of the tv we got for free from craigslist. I would prefer he didn't have a tv in his room, but he's good about asking to watch it. And I don't want it in our room - I like my bedroom sans tv.

by Anonymousreply 2012/17/2011

Yes, they don't seem to break as easily as DVD players.

by Anonymousreply 2112/17/2011

Mine still blinks 12:00.

by Anonymousreply 2212/17/2011

I never record TV shows, because I can watch anything I missed on the Internet or on demand. So VHS/DVR is not an issue for me.

by Anonymousreply 2312/17/2011

I did until one of mine ate a tape recently. Now I'm paranoid because I have some old films that I recorded from AMC before it had commercials and they aren't on DVD or VHS. The one I lost wasn't irreplaceable, but I now hate to take a chance.

by Anonymousreply 2412/17/2011

I still have a VCR player, because like others have said I have movies and tv shows on VHS that have never made it to DVD. I know I could transer them to DVD, but to be honest I'm just too lazy to bother transferring something I only watch maybe once a year.

by Anonymousreply 2512/17/2011

The attached is an idea for folks like R11 that are interested in burning DVDs of your old VHS tapes. I've seen the hucksters on the home shopping channels tout this the way to make sure you don't lose your memories when the magnetic tape of your videotapes disintegrates.

I've thought about investing because I have a couple of milk crates filled with VHS tapes, but haven't done it yet. The shopping guys also try to justify the expense by suggesting that as a way to make some money, you can offer your services to others who have old tapes they want converted.

by Anonymousreply 2612/17/2011

A lot of times you can buy an old movie much cheaper on video than dvd.

by Anonymousreply 2712/17/2011

I've got some old videos from the 80's and 90's that I've thought about trying to upload to Youtube, but I'm not sure about the easiest way to do it.

by Anonymousreply 2812/17/2011

Dumped all my VHS tapes years ago. No longer have a player. Don't miss it at ALL.

by Anonymousreply 2912/17/2011

There are machines you can buy - you play the tape and the machine hookup copies it to a DVD. I wouldn't bother to do this with movies that you can now get in Blu-Ray. I just did it with personal "home" movies, if you get my drift.

by Anonymousreply 3012/17/2011

I have a lot of family stuff on VHS tapes that I need to convert to DVD and give to other family members. I guess I look on craigslist for a converter.

Any idea how much a new converter would cost?

by Anonymousreply 3112/17/2011

I only use it to watch movies on tapes that are not on DVD, which is what I do with my copy of Paris is Burning on VHS and the French bisexual movie Savage Nights.

by Anonymousreply 3212/17/2011


Sorry, what was the question?

by Anonymousreply 3312/17/2011

I still have one and use it for my old tapes. Some things you can't get on DVD and I had taped them off TV. I used the best setting so they haven't degraded that much or so I like to tell myself. I know one day I will have to give up.

I am doing my end of the year turn out and right now I am going through my audio tapes. I only have about 30 or so left and I know my next car will not have a tape deck so I am trying to figure out which ones I should just give up on and toss and which ones to try to get DVDs of. I have never downloaded from itunes but I could get a friend to help me learn how and just get exactly what I want.

Decisions, decisions.

by Anonymousreply 3412/17/2011

May I suggest a DVD recorder with a hard drive? You can do editing and it's basically similar to a DVR from the cable company, except you can record to DVD with this. Unfortunately they're becoming hard to find in North America. Magnavox still makes them:

by Anonymousreply 3512/17/2011

[quote]A lot of times you can buy an old movie much cheaper on video than dvd.

Maybe if this was 2005.

by Anonymousreply 3612/17/2011

I hardly ever throw anything away. Still have my second beta* and two or three vcr's. Not using any of them. (It cost 500 bucks, awhile back.)

by Anonymousreply 3712/17/2011

I use my Dual Deck VHS everyday. Easier to Freeze Frame than DVDs.

by Anonymousreply 3812/18/2011

I don't use it for taping anything for myself because I DVR whatever I want to watch.

But occasionally I use it for recording stuff for my parents (who don't have/want HBO) - shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bill Maher's show.

Also I have some things on VHS that, back in the day, I recorded minus the commercials - things like MST3K episodes. And I've held on to them on the possibility that I might watch again some day.

by Anonymousreply 3912/18/2011

Goodwill and The Salvation Armani have VHS machines for $10 and they work! People here will suspend their anti-Army policy just once if it means getting a bargain.

by Anonymousreply 4012/18/2011

R7/ do realize that you will either grow older or die, don't you? I wish you the latter.

by Anonymousreply 4112/18/2011

I think all threads on the 'net are by eldergays; the young ones have already moved on from the Internet.

by Anonymousreply 4212/18/2011

Of course I do. I have a rather extensive film library going back 2+ decades. Some on VHS, some on DVD, (and dare I say it?) some on Laserdisc.

by Anonymousreply 4312/18/2011

I have a VCR/DVD combo thing, but never use it. I don't have a TV anymore and it's just taking up space on a shelf. All my media comes through the internet, or I watch DVDs on my laptop.

by Anonymousreply 4412/18/2011

I collect copies (bootlegs) of Broadway musicals. Before people started putting them on DVD they were on videotape so yes, I still have two working VHS players- One is a Sony VHS/DVD combo that is a backup to my blu ray for my large TV and the other is one of those Go dual deck copy machines. I rarely use that anymore but I still have it hooked up to the TV in the bedroom.

by Anonymousreply 4512/18/2011

I have a VCR that has a gay porn tape stuck in it. I keep telling myself that some day I will get it out and watch the best of the 80's and 90's gay porn again. Otherwise, I would have no use for it. I gave all my GP rated VHS tapes to a Good Will Store and replaced them with DVDs. I assume this is some bug eyed minion somewhere doing his best to make DVDs obsolete also.

by Anonymousreply 4612/21/2011

I have a DVD/VCR combo and still use the VCR. I always tape shows while I'm watching them because sometimes I fall asleep during them and miss something. The VCR still comes in handy for me.

by Anonymousreply 4712/21/2011

Haven't used a VCR in over a decade now...I love digital, in more ways than one, heh heh heh...

by Anonymousreply 4812/21/2011

We do. Our 20-something Sun Conure LOVES LOVES LOVES all our old Disney tapes. She adores the under the sea girl.

by Anonymousreply 4912/21/2011

I also have some marvelous tapes of a magical vacation we took back in the early '90s - my god, looking back on those tapes is a hoot and makes us so happy. We view them together every few years after a several glasses of wine - can't get through them without a few tears of joy. Really reminds you how deeply you love someone. I would die if those tapes were damaged. I need to have them converted to DVD - but it's just one of those things you put off...

by Anonymousreply 5012/21/2011

I've got two TVs. One has a built-in VHS player which I use on occasion, the other has a soon-to-be-obsolete DVD. When one dies, I'll get a modern flat-screen, and maybe a blue-ray player, or maybe I'll just bypass that and learn how to stream stuff from my computer to my TV.

I am SO OVER keeping up with expensive new technology! Fuck the fast-paced planned obsolescence! I'll buy stuff when I need it, not because it's new.

by Anonymousreply 5112/21/2011

I dont have use one anymore, but to take the this topic in a slightly different direction. I had in my whole life only 2 VCRs. One was a HUGE Magnavox that I second hand. It was probably one of the first models they put out. It lasted a long time, and then sometime in the mid 90s I replaced it with a Sony. For all I know that VCR is sitting in a box somewhere, still functioning very well, but consigned to where ever it is around 2002 when I got my first DVD player. I am now on DVD player #5. In almost half the time I used VCRs, I have had over twice as many DVD players because they keep breaking down. A DVD player I bought my parents lasted all of 18 months. A portable DVD player I bought for my ex didnt even make it one year. I was talking with some friends about this a few weeks ago and they were all like, "Yea, same here, those things dont last long. Good thing they are inexpensive." Still, it has me asking WTF? There are FAR LESS moving parts in a DVD player than a VCR. The technology should have advanced to the point where these things can last longer than they do. Call me paranoid, but the whole thing seems like a scam, that the machines are purposefully built to last little more than a year.

by Anonymousreply 5212/21/2011

R52 - Plus, DVD's skip and hang like crazy - they're COMPLETELY unreliable. Not to mention, you can't even fucking get to the movie without watching a bunch of bullshit advertisements and trailers. The FF or Chapter Buttons are fucking DISABLED on many DVDs/BlueRays during boot up. It outrages me that I pay 29.99 or more for a DVD and then can not even skip to the fucking movie without waiting 15 minutes until the bullshit leaders are done. It's like "On Demand" - you pay for the service, but they disable the FF on your remote so that you're FORCED to sit through the commercials. God damn this world is all about nickle and diming us to death for some fucking money. Same with the internet - it's fucking over. Every web site is littered with ads. And to watch even the smallest news clip, you are forced to sit through a fucking commercial.

by Anonymousreply 5312/21/2011

They aren't as obsolete as others are assuming here. You can still buy a new VHS player at Kmart or Target.

by Anonymousreply 5412/24/2011

If you had a lot of VHS tapes at one time, why wouldn't you have a DVD/VCR combo?? I have one because there are a lot of things I have on VHS that are not on DVD and there are lots of films I have no interest shelling out the money to get on DVD and am perfectly happy to watch on VHS.

by Anonymousreply 5501/04/2012

Yes; they make wonderful grlled cheese sandwiches.

by Anonymousreply 5601/04/2012

[quote]What idiot doesn't occasionally use a VCR?

I'm trying to wrap my head around this question. Why would not using a VCR make one an idiot? You are aware they discontinued the VHS format years ago, right? Bully for those who still have use for them, but you might as well be calling people stupid for not having an 8-cassette player.

by Anonymousreply 5701/04/2012

[quote]I only use it to watch movies on tapes that are not on DVD, which is what I do with my copy of Paris is Burning on VHS and the French bisexual movie Savage Nights.

Paris is Burning is available on DVD. I own it.

This is a funny thread, filled with crazy old eldergays, like R46, using "GP rated."

I bought my first DVD player in 1999 and it never broke. Bought my second in 2003 because I wanted a multi-region (and gave the old one to a friend), and that player still works. Finally bought a blu ray two years ago and that works just fine.

Given how spectacular of a picture you can get with a new TV and DVD or blu ray player, I find it hard to imagine there are clueless old queens clinging to their VHS players.

by Anonymousreply 5801/04/2012
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