To help clear up most questions, here is a list of the most frequently asked questions about our new DVR system.
The video below will show you the quick process of starting one of your favorite movies or shows.
What is DVR?
DVR is short for "Digital Video Recorder." A DVR is basically a VCR for digital technology. It uses computer storage instead of video tapes and can be used to record, save, and play back television programs and movies.
How Does a DVR Help Me When Filtering?
DVR devices were introduced in 1999 and have become a very popular way for people to record and store movies and TV shows in their homes. The DVR system allows families to record their own digital content to use with VidAngel filters in their own home.
Why Did VidAngel Switch to DVR?
The DVR system has both business and legal benefits. On the business side it will allow the VidAngel community to watch more content, sooner. For example, It should make it easier to provide skips for ad-supported streaming services. Many of the business benefits will appear over time.
On the legal side, the DVR system gives each user a private virtual device that only uses the user-specific stream to skip stuff. Lawyers say this is more legally defensible than our previous version that relied on what the California courts ruled was a "master copy," or a single copy for all viewers. While we disagree with the California courts’ assessment, particularly when we ensured that viewers pay for their stream, we built the DVR system to avoid running afoul of the LA Court's ruling.
How Long Will The Recording Last?
Your VidAngel DVR Recording will last for about 1 day. If it takes longer than a day to finish your movie, you will need to re-start the recording, which is a simple process. In the future, we plan to add a feature where you can increase the time that your recording is stored.
How Many Movies Can I Have Recorded At A Time On VidAngel?
You can have 2 recordings at a time on VidAngel.
Can I Watch Offline Now That The Movie Is Recorded On A DVR System?
At this time, offline filtering is not an option. You must be connected to the internet to use VidAngel. In the future, we plan to add offline viewing to the DVR System.
Will The DVR Use All The Storage Space On My Mobile Device?
No. At this time, the DVR does not use any extra space on your device as compared to streaming non DVR content. The DVR technology is currently all in the cloud and VidAngel will help you store your movies without occupying your phone space.
How Can I See What Titles I Already Have Recorded?
There is a button along the bottom of the screen in your app that says “Recordings”. Simply click on the button where it says Recordings to see the titles you have ready and waiting.
How Can I Delete A Recording
Simply click on the “Recordings” button at the bottom of the app and select the DVR recording you would like to delete. Press “Delete Recording” and then when it asks if you are sure you want to delete, select “YES”.
Why Does It Take So Long To Record?
The new VidAngel model now uses a DVR system. In order for this to work, it must first start the recording and get to a certain point before it will allow you to play the movie.
There are some things that you need to keep in mind when the DVR starts. When the DVR starts, it will analyze the filters that you have set and it will take longer the more filters you have. For example:
If you set every nudity filter available, and there is a total of 2 minutes of content that will need to be filtered, it will take 2 minutes before the movie will allow you to start watching.
We hope in the future to increase this speed so you can watch quicker. One thing you can do to avoid this is to try and plan ahead and start your DVR before you are ready to watch. You could start the recording from your phone, go make popcorn, then sit down and enjoy your movie.
What is The Best Way To Binge Watch With DVR?
We know how you like to binge watch and we plan to make improvements on the system so it is easier. Until then here is the best method:
- Start recording the first AND second episode and go make some popcorn
- Sit down with your snack and watch the first episode
- When the first episode is over, delete it and start recording the third episode.
- While that is recording watch the second episode.
- Then delete the second episode and start recording the fourth episode
- Keep repeating the pattern until you have binged your way through any season we have available for filtering.