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February 18, 2010 - Rob Weaver
For years, TV viewers have used VCR Plus+ codes to program their videocassette recorders so they could record favorite programming. But that era is coming to an end.
A letter which arrived today from the syndicate which provides our TV grids and other data states, “Due to the changing environment of the print media business and evolving recording technology, Rovi intends to cease support for publication of VCR Plus+ codes in North American newspapers effective May 23, 2010.”
The words “evolving recording technology” provide the clue to the change, although I suspect it's not so much a matter of digital video recorders achieving critical mass than VCR usage shrinking below a significant threshold.
If you happen to use a VCR or DVD recorder with VCR Plus+, Rovi intends to make the codes available through the end of 2010 on www.vcrplus.com. Perhaps then you'll want to invest in a DVR.
Or maybe just watch Hulu.
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