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Home > Do it Yourself Resources > DIY Resources > Glossary of Terms > Consumer Electronics > PVR - Personal Video Recorder

PVR - Personal Video Recorder

PVR, or Personal Video Recorder is a device that records a video source on a computer hard disk. PVRs compress and encode the available analog or digital video source and store it on a computer hard disk.

PVRs are much more user freindly when compared to VCRs. They allow the user to "time-shift" TV programming wherby the user can easily record all of their favourite TV/Cable/Satellite programming and watch it on their own schedule. PVRs have an innovative feature that allows a person to pause and replay live television.

Two common PVRs are TiVO and ReplayTV

PVRs work as standalone devices or use programming information from a subscription based service.

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