Video Cassette Recorder (VCR) is an electronic device used for recording and playing back videocassette tapes. It was the primary device used for recording and watching video entertainment until the rise of digital media devices such as DVD players and digital video recorders. It enables users to record television programs for later viewing, to watch pre-recorded tapes, and to time-shift television viewing. It includes numerous features such as programmable settings, auto start, and auto stop. VCRs were a popular household product in the 1980s and 1990s, but have gradually been replaced by digital media devices in recent years.