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HD Recorders: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Everything you Should Know

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When searching for a new TV plan, you may encounter certain packages that include HD recorders, and others that don’t. You may feel intrigued by such a plan, or completely confused. If you aren’t sure about whether or not you want an HD recorder with your plan, don’t worry. We’ll go over everything you need to know about these devices. Hopefully, by the end of the article you’ll have an idea of whether or not you need one, and where you can purchase one. 

What are HD Recorders?

HD Recorders, HDRs or Hard Disk Recorders are convenient devices that let users record and store audio and video. Although older HDRs used hard disk technology to record content, modern devices (DVRs) do it completely digitally. Currently, countless viewers rely on HDRs to ensure they never miss their favourite moments. If you’re busy while something you want to watch is airing, you can record it with the push of a few buttons. When you’re finally available, all you need to do is sit in front of the television and play it back. DVRs are great if you watch a lot of TV, and never want to miss a season finale, awards show, or sporting match. Hundreds of channels air quality content at the same time, so HDRs are a great way to stay on top. 

Do I need an HD Recorder?

With the recent advancements of the television industry, many users feel that HD recorders are no longer necessary. There are several reasons behind this logic. Firstly, many people prefer to watch TV purely through streaming services, and no longer need a cable service. With subscription services like Netflix and Disney+, users can seamlessly enjoy shows and movies from all their devices. Second, even if you’re someone who uses cable television, most major channels come included with on demand features. In exchange for subscribing to a channel, many channels grant you access to an app that lets you watch shows as they air or immediately after. While being able to DVR shows is convenient, being able to watch shows live from any of your devices is far more convenient.

At the end of the day, we cannot answer the question of whether you need an HDR. It will always come down to personal preference and habits. Do you watch a lot of TV with your family? Does the HDR come included with your TV plan at a low price? If so, you might want to consider buying an HDR if you don’t already have one. On the other hand, if you already have multiple subscriptions to streaming services, aren’t interested in cable, or can’t find one for a decent price, maybe a new HD recorder isn’t right for you.

Where Can I Get an HD Recorder?

If you want a brand new HD recorder, you can always find one at an electronics store like Best Buy. However, it’s also possible to receive an HD recorder with your TV plan. For example, all Telus TV plans include a 4K HDR PVR. No matter how many channels you order, you will receive one upon ordering your plan. Alternatively, Eastlink’s TV packages may include TiVo services. With TiVo, customers can record their shows from their television, and view them later from their laptop, tablet, or smartphone. When looking for a new TV plan, we’d recommend paying attention to whether an HDR is included or not. We especially recommend doing so if you’re a fan of watching TV with the whole family, or the convenience and organization that comes with the ability to record.


Overall, HD recorders are popular for a reason. Their innovative design and seamless user interface allow for a wonderful viewing experience. Although streaming services are growing in popularity, and cable TV is diminishing, many users may still prefer the advantages that come with a brand new DVR.

Are you interested in a new TV plan but don’t know where to look? Fortunately, we at Planhub will be launching our television plan searching tool soon. With this feature, you can compare the country’s TV plans based on price and capabilities. If you want to find a new and affordable TV plan with or without an HD recorder, our services will definitely be helpful for you. 


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