What Is the Difference Between DVR & PVR?

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What Is the Difference Between DVR & PVR?
During the past decade, DVRs have grown in popularity. (home cinema components image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

With personal schedules requiring more time away from home, many people find themselves unable to catch their favourite TV programs. DVRs and PVRs are able to record video programs for users to watch at their leisure.

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DVR Explained

DVRs, or digital video recorders, are devices connected between the video signal and the TV itself. They are pieces of equipment used to digitise and record TV programs onto a built-in hard drive. The recorded content is then available for playback at the user's request.

PVR Explained

Although PVRs perform many of the same functions as DVRs, they are not necessarily set-top boxes. PVRs often come in the form of software to be loaded onto a computer; the video capture is performed through the connection of components to the TV signal.

DVR and PVR are Essentially the Same

As DVRs continue to advance with complex software and Internet connectivity, the line between DVRs and PVRs has all but dissolved. Both units depend on disk drives and input signals. Both units offer program-specific recording with user-prompted playback. The differences between DVRs and PVRs are so negligible that they are now considered synonymous.

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