Do you own a VCR? Do you still use it?

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Posted by Master_Live (14860 posts) 11 months, 20 days ago
#1 Posted by whipassmt (14035 posts) -

I have one VCR that is just a VCR by itself, I think it's in my closet. Last time I used it it worked, but it never had any remote control ability, so I would always have to get up to rewind, fast-forward etc. I have a VCR/DVD player combo In my room which I use to watch VHS tapes and DVDs and to tape shows on to a blank tape if I won't be able to see them (mostly now I just timer-record my mom's soap opera for her because she's at work when it runs). In my parents' room there is another VCR/DVD combo, but the DVD part doesn't work and the VCR won't respond to the remote anymore, so we only use it to watch VHS movies now.

Also I don't have a Blu-Ray player (or any Blu-ray discs) though maybe my computer of my xbox 360 could play them. I don't really know of anyone I know having Blu-Ray players.

#2 Posted by vl4d_l3nin (971 posts) -

Yeah. I just used a week ago to watch Octopussy. I'm not fond of the idea of spending money on movies I already own, just on a different format, but now that standard DVD's are becoming dirt cheap, I may do it.

#3 Posted by whipassmt (14035 posts) -

Now do any of you guys still own any rewinders? I don't think I do, though I know I used to have one.

#4 Posted by deeliman (2461 posts) -

Nope, threw it away years ago.

#5 Edited by ad1x2 (5682 posts) -

I sold my last standalone VCR in 2001 right before I left the US to head to South Korea for a year. I intended to buy another one but upon arrival customs told me porn was illegal there and I had to toss my small VHS collection of smut. I never bothered getting a replacement player while there since I already had a PS2 for my DVD collection.

Sometime in 2003 a few months after I got back to the US I bought a DVD/VHS hybrid player. I still have it to this day, although it has sat in my closet unused for at least two or three years. Most of my movies are on DVD, with almost all new movies either on Blu-Ray or streamed via Netflix. I can't truthfully answer your question because while I do still own one, I don't use it anymore.

#6 Posted by OmitName (721 posts) -

i have the tv display settings for the vcr set well enough that some might mistake it for dvd, definitely as good as some cable channels. i have a few random movies recorded from tv and original vhs' that i watch now and again. recording from tv largely due to how crappy twc dvrs can be. coraline, walle, brave, starwars, amelie, wallace and gromit, toy story 2, bugs life, the lion king. i was recently delighted to discover an old recording of princess mononke. i cant see why some would think that anything you have on vhs is any less a treasure because dvd or blue ray exists. i was hoping i had the original voice over version of akira somewhere, no luck so far.

#7 Edited by DharmaMember77 (2377 posts) -

Yes I still own a VCR and I still use it occasionally. When I do use it it's usually for movies that don't have DVD releases. The last time I watched a VHS tape was for Erich von Stroheim's Greed.

#8 Posted by indzman (18217 posts) -

@deeliman said:

Nope, threw it away years ago.

#9 Posted by Lord_Daemon (24281 posts) -

I do and I'll probably keep it a while as I have a number of VHS tapes with movies that have never been in print and the occasional film that has only seen a VHS release.

#10 Posted by roulettethedog (10980 posts) -

I have 2 VCR's. One can play DVD's. I still will record TV shows, but all of my shows are on demand from cable, so I tape TV very little now. I like to tape with the VCR because I can skip commercials unlike on demand cable.

#11 Posted by sukraj (23060 posts) -

I don't use mine anymore

#12 Posted by Jd1680a (5945 posts) -

Yes I have a VCR and I still use it. I believe VHS is better for recording and playback then DVD.

#13 Edited by Stranger_36 (481 posts) -


#14 Posted by PiscesChick93 (10687 posts) -

@deeliman said:

Nope, threw it away years ago.

#15 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -

I don't own one anymore. Oddly enough I still have my old VHS tapes I use to watch as a kid like Lion King, Jurassic Park, Little Rascals and alot more.

#16 Edited by comp_atkins (31476 posts) -

i've been using mine lately only to transfer old home videos i have on vhs to my computer to be saved to dvd since i do not want to lose them

#17 Posted by LJS9502_basic (151511 posts) -

Yes I have one. No I don't use it. Not an option in the limited poll...

#18 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

No I don't. I haven't owned one since the early DVD days.

#19 Posted by LexLas (4278 posts) -

Funny thing is i rarely use it, but it cost me about $40 dollars to buy one that had Stereo output. I had to buy one since i was trying to play an old vhs tape i owned. I could not believe how hard it was to find one with a stereo output. Unbelievable.

#20 Edited by Cynical_Buzzard (224 posts) -

I got rid of my VCR years ago.

#21 Edited by BranKetra (48785 posts) -

I do not personally have a VCR anymore. I do not plan on having one ever again unless it is to play some VHS tapes I still have. 720p is really the lowest resolution setting I am willing to have in my entertainment area.

#22 Posted by Brain_Duster (404 posts) -

That old hunk-a-junk? I made the switch to LaserDisc years ago.

#23 Posted by Blueresident87 (5339 posts) -

Yes, I use it regularly

#24 Edited by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

I wonder (and I don't mean this as an insult to anyone) how many here are old enough to even remember VCR's. It went obsolete in the late 90's so a good 15+ years have passed since its day.

#25 Posted by Dogswithguns (10787 posts) -

Yes, but it's unplugged.

#26 Edited by iowastate (7873 posts) -

my dad still uses a VCR, some of the really old shows he likes only come on tape.

I have DvDs and Blu Ray.

#27 Posted by HuggyBear1020 (456 posts) -

Eh, I have one in the classroom. I use it when one of my vhs tapes goes along with the lesson.

#28 Posted by Smashbrossive50 (2890 posts) -

Yes and no,back in the early 2000s, I used to watch what was considered as my parent's marriage tape,still had that VCR back as technology evolved,my parents sold the VCR for a DVD player.but the tape broke down,luckily it was kept safe to this day

#29 Posted by GamingTitan (547 posts) -

yeah, buried in the attic somewhere~ no tapes for it though~lol

#30 Posted by Kage1 (6751 posts) -

Yes it's hooked up to my tv right now. Do I use it? Yes, but not recently. I use it to watch my VHS 1-4 seasons of The Sopranos and my vintage 70's Porn collection.

#31 Edited by FelipeInside (25678 posts) -

@Jd1680a said:

Yes I have a VCR and I still use it. I believe VHS is better for recording and playback then DVD.

WTF ???

#32 Posted by foxhound_fox (88791 posts) -

No, the format is terrible. I'm glad I never invested any money in it. Then again, I never really bought many DVD's for the longest time either.

#33 Posted by whipassmt (14035 posts) -

@Pirate700 said:

I wonder (and I don't mean this as an insult to anyone) how many here are old enough to even remember VCR's. It went obsolete in the late 90's so a good 15+ years have passed since its day.

I think most people still use things for a bit after they are technically "obsolete" (though I don't really care for that term). I didn't get any DVD player until about 2002 or 2003, the first DVDs we got were through the mail and I could only watch them on PS2. I got my PS2 in April 2002 for my birthday, so I must've gotten the DVD player some months later, probably around December. I remember when I asked for the Spider-man movie for Christmas, which must've been 2002 since the movie came out in 2002, I asked for it on DVD because of the special features. For the Lord of the Rings movies I have the Fellowship of the Ring on VHS and the other two on DVD (though I have the extended editions of all three on DVD).

Also the only DVD players I ever had were DVD/VCR combos.

#34 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2755 posts) -

I do not own or watch inferior and obsolete formats.(this goes for dvds too)

#35 Posted by pillarrocks (1320 posts) -

@whipassmt said:

Now do any of you guys still own any rewinders? I don't think I do, though I know I used to have one.

I have one but doubt it still works.

#36 Posted by Serraph105 (28164 posts) -

I can't say that I do, but I finally have a Blu-ray player which totally lets me watch stuff off my hard drive. Love it.

#37 Edited by KingsofQueens (2217 posts) -

Yes, I have a Panasonic DVD/VCR combo. I need it to convert some old home made videos (no not what you guys think) into DVD. I also have some rare VHS movies that are not available on either DVD or Bluray.

I aslo have a BR player (PS3 and Panasonic Smart BR brand)

#38 Edited by da_illest101 (7531 posts) -

Yes still got 1. Also have 3 dvd and 2 blu ray

#39 Posted by tocool340 (20550 posts) -

Yeah, there's 2 in my house but its been ages since I used them. I don't have a Blu ray player but I do. of course, have plenty of DVD players about...

#40 Posted by DarthGumballs (194 posts) -

No. I wouldn't be caught dead even using Blu Rays. Physical media is outdated and uncool in every case except vinyl records. Streaming / downloading is the only way to go. Nothing to move around, no clutter, and access to your collection anywhere in the world on any device.

#41 Edited by worlock77 (22547 posts) -

We still have a VCR but we never really use it. I think the only times we've used it in the last 7 or 8 years is to watch some old family recordings and recordings of theatrical productions my wife's been in.