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Old 11-17-2009, 07:43 PM   #1
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When I attempt to record a DVD through my Comcast cable box, it blocks the video only with a "Copy Protected" message. The second line reads "DVI/HDMI output is blocked." It then says "Press Exit to Cancel." I can cancel the message if I do it manually, but when I have scheduled the DVD to record, the video never gets recorded. This probably has something to do with my hookup from my DVD to the cable box. I do not have my DVD connected with an HDMI cable. I am pretty ignorant about this. Would appreciate some advice.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:02 AM   #2
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When I attempt to record a DVD through my Comcast cable box, it blocks the video only with a "Copy Protected" message. The second line reads "DVI/HDMI output is blocked." It then says "Press Exit to Cancel." I can cancel the message if I do it manually, but when I have scheduled the DVD to record, the video never gets recorded. This probably has something to do with my hookup from my DVD to the cable box. I do not have my DVD connected with an HDMI cable. I am pretty ignorant about this. Would appreciate some advice.
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How do you have the DVD recorder connected to the cable box?
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:16 PM   #3
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How do you have the DVD recorder connected to the cable box?
Thanks for getting back, deadhead.
I have a three cable phono jack system (video and two audios) plugged into IN 1 of the Panasonic DVD player and into the out video of the Comcast cable box (not the digital out). My HDMI cable runs from my cable box to my Sony Bravia. I also have a regular cable co-ax connection coming directly into the RF in of the DVD. Before I talked to you it was connected to the RF out; that was obviously wrong.

I just tried to program the DVD to record, and with my current wiring (with the additional Comcast co-ax connection to the RF in), I still am getting the Copy Protected message.
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Old 11-18-2009, 02:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for getting back, deadhead.
I have a three cable phono jack system (video and two audios) plugged into IN 1 of the Panasonic DVD player and into the out video of the Comcast cable box (not the digital out). My HDMI cable runs from my cable box to my Sony Bravia. I also have a regular cable co-ax connection coming directly into the RF in of the DVD. Before I talked to you it was connected to the RF out; that was obviously wrong.

I just tried to program the DVD to record, and with my current wiring (with the additional Comcast co-ax connection to the RF in), I still am getting the Copy Protected message.
I guess my three cable system are not phono jacks but RCA jacks.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for getting back, deadhead.
I have a three cable phono jack system (video and two audios) plugged into IN 1 of the Panasonic DVD player and into the out video of the Comcast cable box (not the digital out). My HDMI cable runs from my cable box to my Sony Bravia. I also have a regular cable co-ax connection coming directly into the RF in of the DVD. Before I talked to you it was connected to the RF out; that was obviously wrong.

I just tried to program the DVD to record, and with my current wiring (with the additional Comcast co-ax connection to the RF in), I still am getting the Copy Protected message.
Hmm....that's odd. I could understand if you had the DVD recorder connected to the cable box via HDMI, but you're connected with composite cables. The only thing I can think of is that you have your cable box connected to your TV via HDMI and that is causing the issue. To test this, setup the DVD to record something with the HDMI cable disconnected from the cable box. I know you won't be able to see anything on the TV then, but just to see if the DVD will actually record then. If it will, you may have to switch your conncection between the cable box and TV to component instead of HDMI. Just an idea.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
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Hmm....that's odd. I could understand if you had the DVD recorder connected to the cable box via HDMI, but you're connected with composite cables. The only thing I can think of is that you have your cable box connected to your TV via HDMI and that is causing the issue. To test this, setup the DVD to record something with the HDMI cable disconnected from the cable box. I know you won't be able to see anything on the TV then, but just to see if the DVD will actually record then. If it will, you may have to switch your conncection between the cable box and TV to component instead of HDMI. Just an idea.
Thanks, deadhead--
Your suggestion worked. I disconnected the HDMI between the cable box and the TV, and the DVD recorded via the composite cables. I guess when I schedule a recording on the DVD, I will have to disconnect the HDMI cable from the television. And then plug it back in once I have made the recording. Seems strange.
I wonder if this has to do with the quality of the HDMI cable I have. The Comcast service man was saying I might want to buy one of their cables. I do however have a way of working around the problem thanks to you.
I wonder if someone else has had as similar experience.
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:08 AM   #7
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Thanks, deadhead--
Your suggestion worked. I disconnected the HDMI between the cable box and the TV, and the DVD recorded via the composite cables. I guess when I schedule a recording on the DVD, I will have to disconnect the HDMI cable from the television. And then plug it back in once I have made the recording. Seems strange.
I wonder if this has to do with the quality of the HDMI cable I have. The Comcast service man was saying I might want to buy one of their cables. I do however have a way of working around the problem thanks to you.
I wonder if someone else has had as similar experience.
I highly doubt it has anything to do with your specific HDMI cable. It has to do with the fact that you are using an HDMI period. The content owners have a copyright flag turned on to not allow your to record something via HDMI. Even though you are not trying to record with the HDMI cable, the cable box knows there is an HDMI connection so it blocks recording anything coming out of the box.

So you can either disconnect the HDMI whenever you want to record. But that will be a pain in the a$$. Like I said above, why not get yourseld a component cable. You will get just as good a picture with component as you are with HDMI. In case you don't know, component cables come with 3 RCA type connectors with red, blue and green stripes for the video and 2 RCA types with red and white for audio. Like this:


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HDMI carries both the audio and video in 1 cable, but component only carries video so they bundle the 2 audio cables with it. It's more bulky, but might be worth it to save yourself from having to disconnect the HDMI every time you want to record something.

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Old 11-19-2009, 08:30 AM   #8
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I highly doubt it has anything to do with your specific HDMI cable. It has to do with the fact that you are using an HDMI period. The content owners have a copyright flag turned on to not allow your to record something via HDMI. Even though you are not trying to record with the HDMI cable, the cable box knows there is an HDMI connection so it blocks recording anything coming out of the box.

So you can either disconnect the HDMI whenever you want to record. But that will be a pain in the a$$. Like I said above, why not get yourseld a component cable. You will get just as good a picture with component as you are with HDMI. In case you don't know, component cables come with 3 RCA type connectors with red, blue and green stripes for the video and 2 RCA types with red and white for audio. Like this:



HDMI carries both the audio and video in 1 cable, but component only carries video so they bundle the 2 audio cables with it. It's more bulky, but might be worth it to save yourself from having to disconnect the HDMI every time you want to record something.

Just my
Thanks again, deadhead--
I see where the composite cable would be installed on the Comcast box, but I already am using the two digital audio outputs for my stereo system. Could I get Y RCA cables so I could plug two sets of cables into the same outlet, or is that not feasible?

It is not that much trouble to unplug the HDMI cable when I record, especially since I don't record that often.
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