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Old 03-27-2006, 05:23 PM   #1
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I have a feeling I already know the answer but am looking to confirm. I tried to record the Sopranos on HBO but ended up with about 1 minute of video and sound then the video went blank and I had sound only. Is this the result of copy protection? Are they copy protecting all HBO programming? My DVD is a Sony 315. As a test I tried to record a random program and a message saying "Cannot record copy protected..." or something like that was displayed. Please let me know.
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:01 AM   #2
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That sucks... I can record The Sopranos on my Pioneer DVR with no problems. I bet your problem is that your using a Sony, who are copy protection nazis.
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I think you're right. thanks for confirming. I recently upgraded my DVD recorder and I have some to find out all the new equipment is supporting this copy protection. I am having trouble getting reliable info off the web. Oh well, so much for time shifting. Do these companies think we're all pirates selling boot leg DVDs on the corner. My cable bill including Internet access is over $120.00. Charge me another 2 bucks to kick back to HBO and let me have the ability to copy a program when I am not home to watch later. Shouldn't be too long for someone to come up with a gadget to beat this.
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Why not use a DVR and time shift away!
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:03 PM   #5
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my dvr from comcast can copy anything. even ppv. i copied the james tony fight the other week and watched it the next day. comcast dvr is a dual tuner. which rocks. i can record one channel while watching another. this is the best invention for guys who watch alot of sports like me, that lives with a woman who isnt into sports. also like me.

just a quick question. what kind of cable are you useing on your connection. if you use dvi, hdmi, or component then this may be whats blocking you. these connections use copy protection. try useing a old fashion rf connection or s-vid. it neither work remember thses words. SCREW SONY. they are trying to make everything less convenient so we can pay extra for something they make that will cost an arm and a leg.

but seriously if you cant record with the alternitive i mentioned then you gotta buy or rent a dvr. remember dual tuner is the only way to go.
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From what I am learning from talking to people and searching the web, the new DVR equipment detects the copy protect flag and will not record. I have Cablevision and their web site has an FAQ section that states HBO is sending the copy protect flag with their broadcast and that's the end. Fortunately I have On Demand and can time shift that way but it irks me that this is what they are doing. I may go for the DVR from Cablevision but I really don't record that much. My cable box is an Scientific Atlantic 4200HD connected to the Sony GR315 DVR with Component and Composit to the Sony 34XBR. The XRB is one of the first and is about 6 years old with no HDMI or DVI.
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I have comcast in boston area and I am able to use my comcast dvr to record the sopranos in hd every week....
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I have comcast in boston area and I am able to use my comcast dvr to record the sopranos in hd every week....
That seems to be the key, having a cable vendor provided dvr to record.
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like i said i record hbo all the time. no problems. you cable company should have dvr available. almost all areas have dvr availability now. i use comcast and use there dvr with no problems. i have also read about some people buying there dvr and it works fine with hbo. but dual tuner dvrs are hard to find for purchase. they also cost a ton when found. on top of that you will need one with a cable card slot so you can get hbo programed in.

i will go check right now to see if my dvr will record hbo then post again.
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We have a Toshiba DVD recorder (not HD) with a built in hard drive. The recordings can be done to the hard drive or to a DVD disk.

The Sopranos will record to the hard drive, but not to the DVD.
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I have a Panasonic Recorder (no hard drive) and have no problems recording to DVDs from my Moto 6412 DVR via S-Video. How is your recorder connected?
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Our DVD is hooked up to the output on the cable box (S Video and RCA audio).
The folks at HBO (and others) apperently don't want us to record to DVDs on certain shows (like the Sopranos), but recording to a local, non transportable hard drive is okay.
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