Can't Burn HBO shows to DVD

Discussion in 'DirecTV TiVo Powered PVRs & Receivers' started by Guy Qui, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. Guy Qui

    Guy Qui New Member

    Oct 9, 2007


    I have a Sony DVD burner I've used to burn recordings from my HR10-250 before but when I try to burn programs recorded from HBO the burner just stops and refuses to record. I have saved an HBO show to a VCR in the past. Any ideas why the DVD burner won't work?
  2. bpratt

    bpratt New Member

    Nov 20, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Did you remember to set the output of your HR10-250 to 480i before starting the DVD burn?
  3. Guy Qui

    Guy Qui New Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    Yes I did. And it worked fine for non-HBO shows. And it was not an HBO-HD program. Just a SD show off the SD HBO channel. (501).

    I will probably end up saving to a VHS, then burning from the VHS to the DVD, but I need to move a VCR to do that and am thinking that after doing all the setup it still might not work!
  4. PhysicalPresence

    PhysicalPresence Member

    Jun 24, 2006
    San Jose, CA
    Your DVD recorder must be picking up the copy protection flag coming from HBO. I have a friend who has the same issue. Fortunately for me, I can record from HBO without a problem. It's probably because my DVD recorder is an older model that doesn't have the flag. It's a Panasonic ES-20 and works great.

    Your other best option would be to get an analog capture card and run RCA cables or an S-Video cable with L and R RCA cables for sound to the capture card. I have one of those as well for any other possible emergencies. I have an older Pinnacle AV/DV capture card that works fine, although I still get a little better quality with my DVD recorder.
  5. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...


    That's your problem right there.

    Sony is known for following copy protection rules.

    My first DVD player, a Sony, won't even play DVD-R's or RW's, only original discs.

    My Panasonic DVD Recorder has no problem burning anything playing from my TiVo's.

  6. cramer

    cramer Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    To be fair, this isn't an intentional design feature. Many early model DVD players cannot play recordable DVD's. The reason is simple... the disc is invisible to the red laser the player uses. RW discs can sometimes be read, but the reflectivity is lower than a pressed disc; Sony players will think the disc is dual layer and then fail after not finding the second layer. (There's a diagnostic calibration screen where you can change the laser power levels so it will read RW's, but then it won't read anything else -- until the original values are restored.) However, that red laser can read CD-RW's better than pressed discs.

    However, to answer the original question... go find a "macrovision scrubber". They were all over the place back in the 80's.

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