How Do You View VCR Codes on Your TV Listings?

How Do You View VCR Codes on Your TV Listings?

Newspapers published the last VCR codes in TV listings in May 2010. VCR Plus codes were a convenient way of programming VCRs to record television shows when first released in 1990. At the time, VCRs were fixtures in a majority of households, but users had difficulty programming them to record.

Manufacturers developed on-screen programming to simplify the process, but many consumers continued to have problems. The VCR Plus codes were three- to seven-digit numbers that the user entered into a separate, handheld remote control device. The device transmitted signals to the VCR that instructed it when to begin and end a recording session. The user could program up to 14 recording events scheduled for one-time, daily or weekly recordings.