What are PVR and DVR? What is the difference between PVR and DVR?

PVR stands for the personal video recorder. It is an interactive TV recording device. It is known as a digital video recorder (DVR), personal tv recorder (PTR), personal video station (PVS), and hard disk recorder(HDR).

It’s like a modern VCR ( Video Cassette Recorder). The invention of the VCR offered a high convenience to watch your favorite programs at your own preferred time. to record the analog audio and videos from the television or any other devices and then play it as a recording so that it can be seen a number of times. VCRs became extremely popular in the 1980s and 90s. But then PVR and DVR are introduced. 

As said earlier, PVR is similar to VCR but unlikely it stores the recorded programs in digital form. PVC comes with pause, rewind, stop or fast-forward abilities like a VCR. 

One of the great features of the PVRs is that they can record as well as replay the program at the same time with a slight time lag. PVRs feature time-marking, indexing, and non-linear editing functionalities.  

Some PVRs come with subscription services that may be changed on a monthly basis. The paid subscription provides additional services such as searching for shows on the basis of type. Video-on-demand options, online shopping, or banking. 

Similar to PVR there are also some software-based products available in the market which offer similar functionalities (such as SnapStream, Personal Video Station). 

The abilities of PVRs are a bit controversial such as the 30-second auto-skip function is popular among consumers but advertisers do not like it. 

Downloading programs from the internet is another controversial feature that enables consumers to share downloaded files with friends. It provides free access to the user who hasn’t paid for a service. 

Why would you need a PVR?

 PVR comes with a built-in hard drive.  A digital recording of the tv program is stored in the hard drive memory. It is great as you do not need more tapes, high-quality recordings with good sound and video quality, and the ability to pause and resume live tv. 

What is the difference between PVR and DVR ?

Before moving to the difference between PVR and DVR, let’s understand what is DVR?

DVR is the more advanced version of a PVR. Replay TV and Ivo launched the first DVR in the year 1999. DVR became extremely successful commercially even in the first year. Around one hundred thousand units sold in the same year. 

DVRs are highly popular among filmmakers and production houses due to their video recording capabilities without any limit like VCRs and PVRs.  

Some media houses took legal actions against DVR to remove features such as chasing playback, time-shifting, instant replay, and skipping the advertisement, etc. 

Difference between PVR and DVR:

  • PVR stands for Personal Video Recorder. 
  • It is a recording device that’s only used in television sets.
  • It was launched in 1997. 
  • It has become obsolete nowadays.
  • PVR uses both analog as well as digital signals. 
  • PVRs have the capability to store data up to 160 GB and can be expanded up to 500 GB. 
  • DVR stands for Digital Video Recorder.
  • DVR can be used in any type of device having massive storage. 
  • DVR was launched in 1999 and it is still popular these days. 
  • DVR uses digital signals. 
  • DVR can store up to 2TB of data and has no storage limitation.