Television VCR combo — the classic home video system

Television VCR combo — the classic home video system

Televisions are not only used for viewing TV shows, but more homes utilize it to watch movies and videos. There are those who prefer just to stay in the comfort of their homes watching their favorite movies, than going out and watching it with everyone else in the cinemas. Also, there are times when teens have sleep-over and they end their night enjoying a chick flick or a recorded sporting event or a horror film. Oftentimes, when there aren’t any good shows on TV, people opt to just watch movies on TV.

Thanks to the television VCR combo, television DVD combo, and television VCD combo, that people get to enjoy their movies while sitting on the sofa or lying on the bed. These inventions have definitely made the movies reach more homes than ever. From the early and classic television VCR combo which was originally aimed to record audio and video but can only be afforded by companies and TV networks, to its modern format and model in the late 1970s that were produced for mass-market consumption. Then came the period of the Betamax and VHS rivalry, and then came the other formats and models of the 1980s competing for consumers’ patronage. But in the early 2000s, the beginning of a new century comes the beginning of new inventions, the DVDs started to rule the market, and gradually, the television VCR combo started to fade out. As more developments are made, new models have started to come out in the market and attracting consumers, and before the decade ends, a hybrid format will definitely conquer the market.

Looking back at the beginnings of the television VCR combo, one can say that it is because of the limited technology they have at that time, that the formats were like that — an hour recording only with a 2-inch tape costing around $50,000 making it affordable only by television networks and stations. But as history shows us, with the improvement of technology, so did those television VCR combos — with compact systems, longer running hours, thinner tapes, and lower prices, making it attractive to mass consumers.

However, in most homes today, one would rarely see these television VCR combos displayed and used, not because it is expensive, but rather, electronic companies stopped its production on these equipments because of the new models of home video systems launched in the market today. Through the influx of improved formats, so will this electronic battle continue, who knows what the next year of electronic equipments have in stored for all.

Classic Christmas Memory Movies

Classic Christmas Memory Movies

Christmas is a time for memories. What better way to create lasting ones than to gather the whole family around to watch some great classic Christmas movies?
Many movies come to mind, but following are the three considered by many to be the best.
1) It’s A Wonderful Life(1946): James(Jimmy) Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
George Bailey(Jimmy Stewart) is considering ending it all to escape all the problems in his life—on Christmas! Just as he is about to jump off a bridge, he’s interrupted by Clarence, his guardian angel(Henry Travers). To convince George not to go through with it, Clarence shows him what life would be like without him.
Did you just hear that bell ring? An angel just got his wings.
2) Miracle On 34th Street(1947): Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Gene Lockhart, Natalie Wood
When nice, old Kris Kringle(Edmund Gwenn) claims to be the real Santa and is put in an insane asylum, Fred Gailey(John Payne) decides to represent him in court. In a hearing that tests the people’s beliefs, Kris is found to be the real Santa.
Yes, Susan(Natalie Wood), there is a Santa Claus.
3) Scrooge(1951): Alastair Sim, Mervyn Jones, Michael Hordern
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. But, even with all the different versions of “A Christmas Carol,” over the years, none have given a better performance than Alastair Sim. It’s as if he was born to play the stingy, hard-hearted Scrooge. Sim is the embodiment of what Charles Dickens had in mind.
I think I’ll go buy the biggest goose in all of London.
Now go rent these three all-time classic Christmas movies, make some hot chocolate, gather the family around the TV and start making some classic Christmas movie memories.

Touring the World Of Harry Potter

Touring the World Of Harry Potter

Of course, everyone knows Harry Potter and his world of wizards and magic doesn’t really exist. Hogwarts and all it’s characters Hogwarts was created by J. K. Rowling in her fantasy series.
But, they had to shoot the movies somewhere, right? So, if your kids (or you, for that matter) are big Potter fans, and your travels are going to take you to London, why not go looking for the real life that helped depict the mythical Harry Potter?
Start in Central London, at Kings Cross Station. You can walk right up to platforms 9A and 9B, and just imagine there’s a platform 9 and 3/4 between them.
The scene where Harry releases the snake from it’s cage was filmed at the London Zoo.
Next stop: North Yorkshire, and the train station in Hogsmeade Village, admirably portrayed in the movies by Goathland Station. Their website lists a variety of other TV shows and movies that have filmed there as well.
Hogwarts, the school of wizardry, is actually a combination of several locations across the UK and some movie sets as well:
* Alnwick Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Northumberland and the second largest castle in England, served as the Hogwarts exterior in the first two movies.
* 1300 year old Gloucester Cathedral provided several interiors.
* The medeieval village of Lacock and Lacock Abbey provided more of the Hogwarts indoor scenes.
* The massive Hogwarts Library is actually a combination of Duke Humfrey’s Library and the Divinity School at Oxford University.
* And the Great Hall of Oxford’s largest college, Christ Church, is Hogwarts’ principal stand-in.

All of these places have web sites listing their availability for tourism and attractions. So, the next time you’re in England, why not try to chase down Harry Potter’s stomping grounds…?

The Movie Rental – What Are You Doing Tonight?

The Movie Rental – What Are You Doing Tonight?

A movie rental is a great way to brighten your night. When you are home alone with no obligations, think about popping in your favorite movie and spend some time winding down from the day. Just relaxing with a great show and a couple of snacks is a great way to brighten the end to an otherwise dull or stressful day.

A movie rental is also a great idea for the whole family. All families should have time where they do things together. While this may not seem like quality time, it’s actually a great way to strengthen bonds. Movies are a good source of shared conversations, and there is nothing wrong with unwinding as a family either.

You can pop a bag of popcorn, or you can go a healthier route if that’s a concern. Those “extras” don’t really matter – when you are all together, it’s great. Fruits and nuts can be great alternatives to less healthy snacks. Or you can skip the snacks entirely. Just make sure that your movie rental is a good one, and everyone will be too busy watching to realize they aren’t eating.

One of the hot things in renting movies is online renting. If you rent a lot of movies, this may be an option that you’ll love. You can buy a yearly membership with some companies and rent as many as you want the whole year. Of course, this is only a good option if you and your family rent movies on a regular basis. Compare the costs. It may be a great deal for you, especially if everyone in your house likes a different kind of movie.

Online movie rental is also really convenient. How many people really feel like stopping one more place on the way home after a long day at work? When you rent online, you simply send your movies back through mail. You usually make your next movie rental selection online, with the click of a button. Then all you have to do is wait a day and they appear in your mailbox.

There is usually a much wider selection from online companies online than from the neighborhood video store.

Whether you are looking for a pick-me-up, a valuable lesson, or a great big scare, a movie rental can be the place to find it. You can choose from the latest releases, but don’t overlook the classics. So dig that remote out of the couch cushion and get started watching.

The New Era In Movie Rentals

The New Era In Movie Rentals

I recall many years ago when people were saying that movies were a thing of the past, that people would be entertained with the internet and video games. Well, not so! In fact, the movie business (including movie rental) is big business and it’s not likely to go away anytime soon.

Let’s take a look at the two "500 pound guerillas" in the movie rental business: Netflix and Blockbuster. We have a brief description of the programs outlined here:

Netflix launched its online movie rental service in 1999 and currently has more than 3,000,000 customers.

With Netflix you can rent as many movies from the comfort of your home and have them delivered to your door in about 1 business day via U.S. Mail. There are no late fees and no due dates, and shipping is free both ways. Plans range from $9.99-$17.99 plus any applicable tax. When you finish watching a movie, simply put it in its prepaid envelope and mail it back to them. After they receive it, they’ll send you another movie.

They has a wide selection of movies – everything from classics to new releases, with 40,000 titles. Their web site is available 24 hours a day and makes finding movies simple and convenient. New customers can try it free for two weeks. You can cancel your membership anytime with no cancellation fees.

Blockbuster now has a very similar online mail delivery movie rental program. Their program started in March 2005 and they have a online movie library with more than 30,000 titles. Their monthly fee is $14.99 (plus applicable taxes) for an unlimited number of movies. You can have up to three out at one time. Return them in the postage-paid envelope and you’ll receive others that you have selected. Also as a member, each month Blockbuster give you two ecoupons for free in-store movie or game rentals. You can cancel at anytime. They also have a free trial membership.

The up-side of these online, mail delivery rental programs is there are no due dates or late fees, you don’t have to go into the store and there are more available selections than the stores carry. The downside is that you have to wait for delivery in the mail.

Visit them online and make your choice. In fact, why not try the free trial on both of them. Then you can make an intelligent choice. And choice is a good thing.

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Dvd Rental Recommendations-Options To Start With

Dvd Rental Recommendations-Options To Start With

It’s weird, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be, well… too much. With so many choices of movie titles to choose from you may get overwhelmed. But, if you aren’t sure where to start, you can always ask your local rental store what dvd rental recommendations they may have.

Of course, if you choose to ask for some dvd rental recommendations you obviously don’t have to rent those dvd’s, but it may present you with a place to start.

Some of the bigger stores, or online video rental sites, have thousands of video titles to choose from. Many of them also have hundreds of game titles you can rent as well. So, it can get a little overwhelming.

Personally, if it were me, I would go to the website of some video store. It doesn’t really matter if it is the rental store you will be using or not, unless the titles you want to rent are really obscure, otherwise they should all have the same titles.

From the website you can read reviews and find out more about what the movie is about. This information may help you decide which movies you want to see and which ones you would rather skip.

Another handy feature of these sites is that they will have the movies arranged by genre. In this way you may be able to pick and choose more easily. Also, because of the way the movies are arranged, you may actually be exposed to more titles than you would normally.

Most brick and mortar stores are arranged with the "New Releases" arranged together. They usually aren’t arranged by genre but by their release dates.

That makes it more difficult to find the exact type of movie that you want to see, and it makes it more likely that you will miss out on seeing something you may enjoy just because it isn’t in the new release section of the store.

You also have many choices in where you can actually rent your movies when you do decide which ones you want to rent. There are several online sources where you can decide which videos you want to rent, add them to your list or queue and have them sent to you in the mail.

You can also have the movies streamed directly to your computer or even some brands of t.v.’s if you want to. Most of these online streaming services have a limited number of titles available for streaming though.

Make sure you check with any service to see what they offer and what they don’t. Also, these services will require you to sign up for a subscription before you can rent (though several of them also offer a free trial).

There are usually a few different subscriptions you can get and you will be able to rent more movies during the month with some of the more expensive options of subscriptions.

Anyway, I digress, if you aren’t sure what there is to see or what you want to see, you can always rely on dvd rental recommendations from your local video store or online, it’s up to you.

Is This The Worst Golf Tip Ever?

Is This The Worst Golf Tip Ever?

How many times, when you were struggling out there on the golf course, have you been offered a golf tip?

It seems that there are a whole bunch of golfers who just cannot help themselves from passing on their own personal favorite golf tips when they see a fellow golfer struggling.

For one friend of mine this got so bad that he actually refused to play with a particular golfer who always passed on golf tips whenever they played together.

The problem with the golf tip is that it only affects one small part of your swing. And the golf swing is a very complex series of movements that have to be carried out precisely, in a correct sequence and at a given speed. If the golf tip you are given upsets that sequence or throws another part of your swing out of its normal place it can have a disasterous effect on your shot.

The reason why I like Mind-Movies is that they string together, in the correct sequence, all the different positions and moves of a good swing. A good golf Mind-Movie is in effect a whole series of golf tips correctly strung togther.

What I am saying here is that any single golf tip can damage your swing no matter how good that tip may be. Any golf tip you are given may be a perfectly correct part of a good golf swing but if that golf tip does not fit in with the rest of your swing it can spell disaster.

Smart golfers learn to visualize all the different bodily positions in their golf swing. They then groove those pictures into their mind in the form of Mind-Movies. These Mind-Movies show them exactly what they have to do in order to swing the club in a way which consistently produces long and accurate shots. Then, when they’re ready to play, all they do is run their Mind-Movie and let the movie send precise what-to-do instructions to the different parts of their body.

The trick with Mind-Movies is to build them correctly and then groove them into your mind so that you can see them whenever you need them. Then, if someone offers you a golf tip you can check it out against the pictures in your mind before deciding whether it will be likely to improve your swing.

It took me a lot of time and a lot of trial-and-error to learn to do program my Mind-Movies correctly. But once I’d mastered the art it had a magical effect on my game. In my e-book The Golf Mind Movies Power Pack I describe in detail how to install a golf Mind-Movie which will quickly get you playing more consistent golf.

If a golfer you know is suddenly hitting the ball further and straighter it is probably not because of some simple golf tip or because they have purchased the latest big, big, great big enromous driver or a new set of irons; it is far more likely that they have pieced together a whole set of golf tips into an effective golf Mind-Movie that works for them.

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Action figures are very popular and seem to come out all the time for various movies. Children, especially boys, love to use them for pretend play. Godzilla is a very well known monster from the movies and so you will find plenty of action figures out there that are from such movies. With 28 different Godzilla movies released though you will find there are many variations to the look of Godzilla out there.
Even though there hasn’t been a new Godzilla movie out for a while, most toy stores still carry a good supply of these action figures. You may want to order them online though if you want a particular look. In fact, the look of Godzilla action figures from Japan is quite different from what you can get in the United States. You can easily have those more unique models shipped to you.
Godzilla is well known for the various types of action in his movies. Therefore it is no surprise that so many of the newer Godzilla action figures can perform various movements. Some of them have built in sounds that you can activate by pushing a button. Others are able to walk or to do various stunts so kids don’t even have to use their own imagination any more. In fact, some children will be very bored with just a basic Godzilla action figure that doesn’t do very much.
Not all Godzilla action figures get played with though. Many of them are in the hands of collectors and they remain in their original packaging. Some of them are extremely rare and so they are extremely valuable. Others are easier to get your hands on but collectors and enthusiasts still want them. They may be hoping the will increase in value as more time goes by.
There is no shortage of Godzilla fans out there though and new ones continue to emerge all the time. When there are films on TV of Godzilla or a new movie comes out there is a segment of viewers that are new to the images of Godzilla. They will then begin to look for such action figures as well. Of course there are also older fans that remember Godzilla from when they were a child and so they too search for fun action figures either to collect or to buy for their children.