My auntie’s new telly must connect to a video recorder

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Lou Nash and Jez Clark

Jez said he didn’t believe it – who still has videos?

At least I’m not one of those people who still has a cassette player as part of their car stereo

But my auntie does! She’s in the process of moving house, having a clearout, and updating her TV.

But when it comes to looking at new TVs it’s not HD, plasma and surround sound she’s bothered about. All she wants to know is if it will be able to connect to her precious video recorder!

She’s worried that she’ll never be able to record things and keep them to watch later ever again.

We’ve tried explaining that if you get a Freeview box that records things then you can do exactly that, and I think we’re beginning to win her round.

But her other concern is that her entire film collection is on VHS. Most people started buying DVDs about 10 years ago, and over the years replaced their videos, but not my auntie.

She has spent the past 10 years taping things from the TV which she hasn’t got round to watching yet.

Jez: I don’t have a video recorder and I don’t know anybody who still does. Even my parents, who are in their 70s, have a DVD player.

If I want to record something on the television I use my satellite TV box. Currently its jam-packed full of programmes that I’ll probably never get around to watching.

The oldest piece of technology in my house until very recently was my 2005 Hewlett Packard desktop computer.

One bit of kit which raises a few eyebrows is my Aiwa sound system, which features a CD, radio and cassette player.

It’s kept in the dining room and we normally listen to CD albums when we eat.

Most visitors are stunned I don’t have an iPod docking station for playing music, or a Bluetooth speaker for my iPhone.

The problem is I have thousands of CD albums in my collection, many dating back to the 1980s, and I can’t bear to lose them.

At least I’m not one of those people who still has a cassette player as part of their car stereo though...