In this day and age, a lot of the cable add ons (premiums, DVR, SVOD) are more in the nice to have category. I think cable and satellite will be seeing a lot of downgrades in the next few months.
You are so right, it is these type luxuries that folks begin to cut back on.
I do like how Dish has the pure HD package where you can just get what they have on HD. I sure wish Cable allowed that at a lower price, because right now you have to get almost everything to be eligible for HD programming.
Well I don't know about Canada, but in the US, in Feb, 2009 there will be no more analog to record, everything will be digital.
Actually, the digital conversion has to do with broadcast television stations. Cable TV in most areas will still offer analog service (at least at the broadcast basic level) for some time into the future. Also, all cable boxes have some sort of analog coax or component outputs that can be used to feed a VCR...so don't throw out the old dinosaur yet!!
Just a funny tidbit. All day long I thought my TV's remote sensor went out. Well, this didn't strike me as odd because I had another go out (same model and purchased the same day) a few months ago. Well, I just figured out why the remote wasn't working for the TV. I had two Comcast remotes in my office and I was trying to use the one for my living room. All day long I was using my DVR pause feature to mute the TV if I was in a conference call. I just saw that I had two sitting on my desk and almost peed myself from laughing so hard.