Every so often someone asks if I’d use an SSD to store recordings in a DVR. Just a few years ago, I would have quickly replied “No.” SSD endurance just wasn’t up the demands of recording TV broadcasts.
But the last few years have seen some advances in the durability of SSDs. Now rather than “No”, the answer is “It depends…”
DVRs revolutionized TV by allowing everyday, non-gadget-oriented people to record shows by simply selecting them from an on-screen guide. You didn’t have to program start time, stop times, and channels by pressing tiny buttons located in the worst possible location of your VCR. Or enter arcane VCR+ codes. With your DVR, you browsed through the guide, found something interesting, and pressed select. Thanks to its program guide data, it knew when that show started and stopped, and which channel it was broadcast on. It even followed time slot changes if the broadcaster decided to shuffle its Sunday lineup.
But what happens if the program guide data goes astray? Continue reading “When Program Guide Data Goes Astray”