DVR stands for “Digital Video Recorder” and it is a device that can change your life! If you love watching television, a DVR will open up an entire new world of opportunities for you. With DVR technology, you can record your favorite programs and watch them any time you want. You can also pause and rewind live television. So how do you choose a great DVR? There are several brands available, but there are only three that have proven to be the best.
First, Sanyo offers a DVR that has a complete recording system built in. It offers four times the normal amount of data storage plus the ability to use an external drive for additional memory. If you watch a lot of television and will be recording a lot of programs, this might be a good choice for you.
TiVo is one of the most popular brands of DVR’s and it was one of the first to be used in the United States. The TiVo is known for its ability to automatically record programs that it thinks you will enjoy based on your former viewing choices. Basically, the TiVo spies on your viewing habits and then makes decisions about the genre you most enjoy. This offers a great way for you to discover new shows that you might enjoy.
ReplayTV is the other great option. This DVR actually plugs in through your computer to record your favorite television programs. This is one of the original digital video recorders, dating back over 13 years ago. It is still a great solution if you don’t want to pay for expensive DVR add on packages from your television provider.
There are several great options for DVR’s on the market today and once you have one, there is no way that you will be able to go back to the times when you weren’t able to watch your favorite programs at any time of the day or night.
Last month I had an amazing opportunity to go away on a Caribbean Cruise for 15 days. It was the most breath taking experience as I got to soak in a whole new world. I loved every minute of my trip, but I did have one slight problem. I am a huge television fan and I am so devoted to my favorite programs. I never miss my soap operas and so I was really sad to find out I was going to miss an entire two weeks’ worth of my favorite shows!
Then I started reading about ways to record from your satellite when you are traveling. It turns out I didn’t need to miss my shows at all! I just needed to buy a DVR or a “digital video recorder”. This is a box that looks just like a regular receiver. The satellite company installs it and it will let you pause or rewind live television. Even better, you can record your favorite episodes if you are not going to be home when they first air.
You can set your preferences to record entire series if you wish. That way you never have to miss a show! It turns out that I can watch my favorite shows any time I want rather than rearranging my schedule and my travel plans around my television habits. Traveling will be a breeze now that I know about the DVR!
I cannot fully express my utter excitement about Les Miserables being made into a movie. I own the 25th Anniversary from The Royal Albert Hall in London on DVD. It’s amazing, and Alfie Boe is stellar as Jean Valjean. I saw the show live just this past spring. The expectations are high for the upcoming film. Still, I have some concerns.
When I first saw that Hugh Jackman will be playing the lead role of Jean Valjean, I was a little skeptical. I love Hugh Jackman as an actor, but as a singing voice? I don’t know. I hope it turns out well. I would hate to hear a terrible rendition of “Bring Him Home” come out of such a pretty face.
As if that wasn’t enough, who is in the lead of Fantine? Anne Hathaway. Now don’t get me wrong. I heard her do “Somebody To Love” in the movie Ella Enchanted. She did ok, but still singing Queen isn’t exactly like “I Dreamed A Dream.” Then my fears were squelched when I saw the teaser trailer. It was nearly the full length song, sung by Hathaway. I have to say. It was nice. Not spectacular, but her acting background adds a lot more emotion to it than I’ve heard before.
My major qualm is Sacha Baron Cohen as Thenardier. Really? Borat? Come on. I know the character is meant as a comic relief, and hopefully Helena Bonham Carter will balance out his character as Madame Thenardier. We’ll see. I think Russell Crowe will be a good Javert. Deep voice, charming looks. You just can’t go wrong there, plus he has a background in singing too. Should be good.
Overall I’m still excited to see this movie!
Television is a huge part of how most Americans choose to spend their days. In fact, the average American watches over four hours of TV each day! With such a large portion of our time being spent on this pastime, one might wonder why we are spending so much time on one activity and also how we have time to complete necessary tasks with the time remaining.
For many people, television offers an escape from reality. Life is hard. The economy is struggling, many people are without jobs, some are grieving the loss of loved ones, divorces are prevalent, many children are growing up with absentee parents. The list goes on. Because of all of these stressors, many people have turned to television as a way of escape. No matter how hard your day was, when you plop down on the couch in front of the TV, you can usually find something to help you forget all of your other problems.
Television comes through many different outlets and formats. Some people only watch free, public television through their antennae and digital convertor box. Some use Satellite or cable television. Still others watch their favorite shows through the Internet or through a digital device. In today’s market, there are many ways to access your favorite shows and to be able to keep up with the ones that you choose to.
It is important to keep a healthy balance when it comes to television. It is not wise, or healthy to spend multiple hours each day lounging and watching TV. Get out and get some fresh air and try to only spend a short while watching TV. Your health will improve and so will your happiness!
In an effort to eliminate unnecessary expenses from our budget, my husband and I have been looking at our media use. One of the first things we did was eliminate our wireless plan and go with pre-paid cell phones. We’re already saving nearly half of what we were paying for wireless in just the second month. The next item on the list was our satellite TV programming. We don’t go out to eat a lot, in fact hardly ever, or go to the movies, so TV was our one “luxury” item. Watching programs that we had recorded on the DVR is one of the ways that my husband and I relax after the kids have gone to bed, so we really hated the thought of not having access to that service anymore.
Then we heard about Hulu. We could stream current episodes of our favorite shows to our television – right through our gaming console – for just a few dollars a month – a mere fraction of what we are currently paying for satellite television! Hulu has movies, television shows, and more available to watch right from your computer, or streaming through your game console, Blu-ray player, or Roku box. You can watch the programming whenever you want, as many times as you want!
Right now, the gaming console we have isn’t Hulu capable – but it will be in the coming weeks. As soon as it is Hulu ready – we’re making the switch. By letting go of pricey satellite service, we’ll be able to put that money toward something more productive – like paying down our debt.
MTV has struck reality show gold with its documentary program 16 and Pregnant. Millions tune in to each episode to follow the lives of teenage girls (and boys) who find themselves about to become parents. Many are lauding the network and the show’s creators for diving into unchartered waters by showing the real experiences of babies having babies. Parents across America are saying it was a gateway to having frank and open discussions with their children about the dangers of unprotected sex and the consequences it brings.
After the success of the first season, producers launched a spin off series, “Teen Mom,” that focused on four of the teenage mothers from the first season. It also was an instant hit. The “stars” of the program, Maci, Farrah, Amber, and Catelynn, have found themselves on magazine covers, and are frequently followed by paparazzi. A second show “Teen Mom 2,” has also received much of the same attention and controversial publicity. Critics say the show glamorizes teen parenthood, seeing as the girls are now “celebrities.”
They worry that girls will see the show and think they too can become famous by getting pregnant and being on a reality show. The question now is raised “Does “Teen Mom” send a mixed message to teenagers? Is the “star status” of the girls on the show not presenting a real picture of teenage parenthood? The girls insist not. Many of them have had very public struggles with the fathers of their children, run-ins with the police, and time behind bars for their actions.
We have seen them at their lowest on camera – and also at their highest, when graduating, moving out on their own, even getting engaged and married. I watch each episode and my heart breaks for them in their failures, but rejoices with them at their achievements. Their road is a hard one, but not an impossible one. The most important thing to remember is that these shows are just that – shows- and they provide an excellent springboard for you and your teenager to talk about what is really going on in their relationships – so that they don’t become a statistic. The girls on the show have said while their choices were not ideal, they want to help others who face the same situations, and they believe this show is doing just that.
NBC’s new television show, Who Do You Think You Are, focuses on some of today’s top celebrities looking back through time in an attempt to learn about their ancestry. The series, which is based off a documentary series that took off in Britain a few years ago, sends celebrities on a wild ride of learning about the history of their family. Special focus is placed on events in American history that the celebrities’ families were involved in and focuses on their reaction to learning about their family’s origins.
Every week, a new celebrity’s journey into their family history will be featured while they travel into the past by going all over the world to track down their heritage. The first season of the show has included celebrities such as actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon and Brooke Shields, as well as actor Matthew Broderick and professional athlete Emmitt Smith. One of the most moving episodes of the season included director Spike Lee’s search for his family’s roots and story.
The show is produced by Lisa Kudrow’s production company, Is or Isn’t Entertainment, in conjunction with Wall to Wall Productions. The show is connected with Ancestry.com which contains over 1.25 billion profiles that help to link families together throughout the span of time. For more information about local television listings for your viewing area, consult your local TV guide or check online. You should also make sure to have your DVR ready to record each episode because this will be a show that many people will watch again and again.
Over the past thirty years, live television has captivated audiences around the world. From comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live” to the “Watch and Vote” series such as “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars,” live television has had the market cornered. Yet that is all coming to a screeching halt as television producers are watching their ratings change. More people are tuning in to programs, but the majority of viewers are no longer watching them live.
With the new DVR technology, you can record your favorite programs and come back to watch them later when it is most convenient for you. Rather than tuning in with the rest of the nation, you can wait and watch your favorite show when you have more time. Many people save the recordings of their favorite programs to watch while doing mundane tasks, such as folding laundry or exercising.
While the advantages of DVR’s make them super popular among viewers, it has posed a need for producers to think outside of the box. Rather than relying heavily on the “live” aspect of their program to draw attention, they are now forced to find programming that will be relevant regardless of when their viewers tune in.
If you have some favorite television shows that are always “live” performances, you could benefit from using a DVR. This will allow you to never miss an episode, even when you schedule doesn’t allow you to be home to see it when it first airs.
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Are you a huge sports fan? Do you love to tune in to watch your favorite team? Whether you love basketball, baseball, or football, there is a way you can always see your team play no matter what your schedule might be. With the new DVR Technology, you can record every game. Sports fans love DVR’s because it allows them the freedom to watch games at any given time. You can set your DVR to record every game your team plays so that you never miss a game and don’t have to worry about setting each one to record.
While many sports fans have had to rearrange their schedules to see all the games in years past, a DVR allows you the freedom to watch day or night. This is especially helpful if you are in a different time zone than where the game is being played. Some of the baseball games played on the west coast can last into the wee hours of the night if you are watching from the east coast. A DVR allows you to record the game and watch it the next morning if you fall asleep.
Every sports fan should own a DVR to make sure they never miss a game. It’s the perfect gift for any person who appreciates watching team sports on a regular basis.
With today’s economy in such terrible shape, many families are having to pass up the vacations they would normally take over the summer months. In order to save money to pay for regular bills, many people are spending their time at home rather than traveling the world in search of adventure. Fortunately, there is a way that you can still enjoy the thrill of traveling without leaving home.
The Travel Channel exists to show you all the places you would want to see if given the opportunity to take a trip around the world. From the beautiful state parks of the United States to the exotic cities of Europe, you can see it all on the Travel channel.
Many people love to watch this channel and they find it to be a soothing way to unwind after a long day at work. Having a DVR can benefit you as you watch your favorite shows on the Travel Channel. If there is a certain destination that you want to see, just set your DVR to record the show that highlights it and then you can watch it over and over again. This also works well if you are working long hours and will have to miss your favorite show. Just set the DVR and you can travel the world when you get home.
The first visit I ever made to a zoo was when I was six years old, at the Assinaboine Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada. I was captivated by the variety of animals there, and especially that the creatures I read about in books and saw in pictures had real form and substance and were alive. I was enchanted by the idea that I lived on a planet that was home to such wondrous things.
I don’t like going to the zoo anymore. I have an adult sensitivity to the fact that these creatures are captive, and feel sympathetic to them in that wise, but what really distresses me is the tight knot of anxiety I feel when I read or hear via unrelenting loudspeaker the statistics of loss of habitat, extinction of species and global climate change caused by destruction of the great rain forests that straddle the equator.
Who is trying to make this my problem?
The dire predictions have been bothersome enough to prompt my own research via the internet. I lack the discretionary income necessary to fire down to the Amazon jungle for a look-see of my own, so have to rely on the work of others. It is not comforting to know that an unspecified number of species are being wiped out (not just animal mind you, but human tribes – the very custodians of the primeval world) in order to grow acres and acres of soybeans and corn and coffee to sell on world markets (i.e. to industrialized nations such as this one). How boring.
How wasteful to raze the home of elegant creatures like South American panthers and jaguars and kinkajous and woolly monkeys, and macaws and anacondas, and sloths for heaven sakes so we can avoid the consequences of lactose intolerance by drinking soy milk in abundance.
I did discover that the statistics I have been regaled with at the zoo do not quite match the data I found at reliable websites such as that of The World Wildlife Federation. I have been exposed to some hyperbole, and wish to protest the extortion of funds and dampening of high spirits during trips to the zoo by being fed inflated generalized data. Apparently, many species, although reduced in numbers are managing to hang in there and keep some sort of toehold on the planet. I have a dim recall that certain developed countries may not exactly have clean hands regarding their own native animal populations, and that deforestation is not exactly a new idea germane only to activities in developing nations such as those in the Amazon basin.
I am also of the mind that if a country wishes to lay waste to its environment, it is entirely their business. It would be impolite to interfere just as I would refrain from commenting critically on the housekeeping standards of my neighbors. The clinker in that argument of course is that this little mud-ball we live on is in fact a closed biosphere and deforestation in Brazil does in fact affect the air we all breathe.
What to do, what to do?
Sometimes I think we have created a sort of Rube Goldberg machine that sucks in all the natural beauty of this planet and sends it whirring and gurgling and churning through a fitful, badly-constructed concatenation of pipes and hoses and conveyor belts to finally, exhaustedly, spit out a neat handful of dollars.
I don’t happen to think that the populations of developing countries that band the equator are inured to the beauties of the countries they live in. I think they are hungry, and would like to have all the things that Americans and the populations of other developed nations take for granted. I also do not believe that the people who do the physical work of clear cutting the forests and growing the beans and corn really experience much in the way of an improved standard of living as a result of their actions. Perhaps they feel this must be done in order to live at all.
Perhaps the best thing I can do is reassess the habits which govern my own lifestyle and take a look at how my consumption leads to deforestation, and change accordingly. I’ve started looking into buying electric vehicles in the future, and not just electric cars either. I’ve considered buying electric bikes for my family and I am also looking into electric car conversion kits for our existing cars. I know this is only a start, but it is one way that we can slow deforestation, which need to happen sooner than later.
Escaping from the duties of day to day life is sometimes a much needed way to recharge your batteries. Renting a villa in a remote location can be the perfect way to enjoy your next vacation. There are rental villas available in many locations throughout Europe and South East Asia. Finding the perfect one by consulting a villa rental specialist is the best way to make sure that your vacation gets started in style.
Bali villa rentals can be found near to the hustle and bustle of a city, yet still steps from the ocean. There are also spa villa rentals in Bali that are a bit more secluded and off the beaten path for people that would like some privacy. Either way, Bali is known as a tourist’s paradise because of all that is has to offer in the way of food, drink, culture and hospitality.
The Seychelles Islands can also be a great vacation spot. They are private and romantic and offer amenities such as day trips to National Parks, scuba diving and snorkeling. Staffing to cater to your every whim is available, including a chef and maid service. Now that is a true vacation!
Greece is yet another popular destination spot for travelers that want to experience the world. There are villas in Greece at a number of different locations. Some properties are modern, others may have more historical significance. Renting the villa that was featured in the James Bond move, “For Your Eyes Only,” can also be done. Whatever your needs are, there are villa rentals that are ready and able to accommodate you.
Everyone loves to watch television. As programming becomes based on digital technology, almost all Americans are trying to choose between cable and satellite television. With so many competing offers and companies, how can you know what is right for you? Take a few of these things into consideration to help you make a decision.
Satellite television is usually the cheaper option of the two. It will offer you a larger programming package for less money. This basically means you will get many more channels than you would get with cable for the same expense. Movie channels are also much cheaper with satellite packages. Satellite television offers you the benefits of DVR technology where you can rewind, pause, or record your favorite television programs.
On the other hand, cable is a better choice if you live in a remote location that will not receive good satellite signals. Your local cable company can tell you if they have wiring available to offer programming in your area. When you choose cable, you can usually get a package that also include phone service and internet connectivity. This could save you money, depending on how much the packages cost.
Satellite and cable are both good options for television viewers, but make sure you find the best price. Always ask about special offers or available discounts and make sure you read the fine print. Ask if there is a contract that has to be signed and make sure you are locking in a price that won’t change within a few short months.