Curiously, my DVD recorder has no such feature, but setting the clock is fairly simple compared to the arcane sequence of buttons our first family VCR in 1984 required. 😉
Was your first family VCR like this? This was a beast, and took up a lot of room.
I always liked the buttons on that. Damned if I can find a picture of the actual model but it was cosmetically close to this one.
Ours didn’t have the tacky fake wood paneling, and the tuner was all digital, and allegedly “cable ready”, a much abused term often used to make unwary consumers think their VCR could unscramble pay channels. Our was one of the first linear stereo models, with Dolby NR, which I thought sounded pretty good through the cheap little Radio Shack amplifier and speakers I added later. Over the air stereo tv broadcasting wasn’t quite a thing yet, but you could hook it up to a stereo system, and record an FM simulcast of certain movies and concerts.
I sort of want the one HD DVD player Toshiba made for RCA, because it reminds me of the old family VCR.