I assure you that everything I record from TCM is for my personal viewing, it?s called time-shifting. Only rarely do I share/trade my TCM recordings. In the five years I?ve been home-recording DVDs the total number of TCM discs I?ve shared/traded with my TCM, AVS or SSO friends probably adds up to less than two dozen DVDs.
If you visit the AVS Forum DVD Recorder sub-forum you will find an active community of those that time-shift from a variety of sources. Many of those folks share my view, if it?s worth recording it?s worth keeping. And many of those folks have many recorders set up for specific purposes. I have more than thirty recorders, most set aside as standby recorders. Many have had very heavy use.
Beginning in the 1980s I time-shifted to VHS videotape from The Nostalgia Channel, American Movie Classics, A&E, USA and a few other networks. During the first six months of 1997 came my first exposure to TCM but financial reverses dictated giving up cable service in July 1997. I watched some of my old time-shifted videotapes until around 2000 when cable service was resumed but it wasn?t until around 2003 that TCM came back into the household. I began recording to videotape once again. By that time my home-recorded time-shifted archive consisted of about 2,000 VHS videotapes recorded over a twenty year period. During that time I had owned more than twenty VCRs. Many VCRs had been discarded or retired during those years. I retained three VCRs, including a circa 1990 Sony SLV555UC (my favorite) that had a failed power supply (that I never repaired) and two circa 1996 Toshibas, a M781 and a M745.
Thanks for your incredibly detailed and thoughtful response. I was thinking about all the thousands of hours of work you have done to build up this library and found myself wondering if you would ever have the chance to view more than a small portion of it.
Still, perhaps you have taped something which will someday thrill a future generation like the discovery of the lost footage from Metropolis. That wouldn't be too bad.