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    A Second DVR and High Definition

    So, I told you how much I resisted getting a DVR player/recorder from the cable company. It turns out I like it so much that I talked Herman into ordering a second DVR for the bedroom.

    This is after he had ordered a combination DVR/DVD VCR combination from Heartland America. There were three shipments of the DVR combo, but it never made it here in one piece. We tried both FedEx and UPS and it got broken before getting here each time.

    My other aide, Kelly, told us we should get a DVR from our cable company (she got hers from a satellite company) and she was right. The cable guy came and set it up and programmed the thing so it seems to work fine.

    What’s incredible about this upgrade, besides just costing $15 a moth, is that we get a bunch more stations at no extra cost. We also get some stations in high definition.

    I honestly didn’t see the difference at first, but Herman pointed out how the standard broadcast is a bit fuzzier than high definition, and I suppose it is.

    Right now only a few stations come in with HD, so it’s no big deal.

    I watched the Prime Time Emmys last night and was delighted to see some new shows that won awards, but found out they were on HBO which I don’t get.

    I can’t imagine subscribing to yet another station. I am still a die-hard network watcher, although newcomer (to me) Fox and USA both have shows I like to watch. Most recently USA has had a “House” marathon and many of the shows were new to me. Hugh Laurie is amazing as Dr. House and was nominated a coupe of times for Emmys but didn’t win.

    I also like watching “Monk” on USA and am happy to report that came with the upgrade as well.

    As of February 2009, everything will be digital. I’m not sure how soon all the networks and cable stations will switch to high definition.

    So Herman and I will be a two-DVR house this week. With 80 hours recording time on each DVR, I should be able to record all I want. Each DVR can record two shows at the same time with two tuners in each machine, so even if four shows I like are on at the same time they can all be recorded.

    As I’m writing this to you Sept. 22 I am going over in my mind what is premiering on TV tonight. “Two And A Half Men” is premiering on CBS at 9 p.m. and a new show called “Worst Week” is premiering at 9:30 p.m. on the same network.

    At 10 p.m. is my favorite standby, “Boston Legal,” whose co-star James Spader was nominated for an Emmy and is also a great venue for William Shatner of Star Trek fame.

    Happy viewing!


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com