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Will Blu-ray replace VCRs?

Will Blu-ray replace VCRs?

Yes, as VCRs don't support recording of HDTV programming consumers will soon need to replace them. Blu-ray recorders combined with hard drives offer a very flexible alternative for those that want to record HDTV. While HD-DVRs already allow consumers to record HDTV, the amount of HDTV programming that can be recorded and archived is limited by the size of the hard drive. Blu-ray recorders will offer a solution to this problem as they allow consumers to record the video to Blu-ray discs and then free up the hard drive. This should make them popular among people that want to archive a lot of their HDTV recordings. The Blu-ray recorders will also offer a lot of compelling new features not possible with a traditional VCR:

  • Random access - instantly jump to any place on the disc
  • Searching - quickly browse and preview recorded programs in real-time
  • Create playlists - change the order of recorded programs and edit recorded video
  • Simultaneous recording and playback of video (enables Time slip/Chasing playback)
  • Automatically find an empty space to avoid recording over programs
  • Improved picture - ability to record high-definition television (HDTV)
  • Improved sound - ability to record surround sound (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc)
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