AP -- The V-C-R has been around over 25 years, and it's days appear numbered.Jeff Samuels of Panasonic thinks within three or four years, the V-C-R will be "a total dinosaur" -- replaced by the digital video recorder, or D-V-R. Samuels says the big advantage of D-V-R's is the improved quality of digital recording. Some use a hard drive, and some use D-V-D discs, which can be either reusable or one-time-only. A hard drive, like those used in computers, lets you record up to 80-hours of television without messing with tapes. There are a few D-V-R's that combine a hard drive with a D-V-D recorder. If you record something on the hard drive you want to save, you can copy it to a disc. But Samuels says one of the best selling points is that D-V-Ds don't degrade. He says videotapes start losing quality after a decade or so. Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.