Copyright stops DVD recording on all shows

Discussion in 'DVD TiVo Units (Archive)' started by zimmerman, May 29, 2006.

  1. Bimwad

    Bimwad Member

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    So true.

    I once had a problem with my cable where an occasional head end broadcast problem occured again. It had come and gone on its own before, yet this time, it went unrectified for an unusually long time.

    This prompted a call where I carefully explained the situation to the 1st level rep, who insisted on scheduling a service call and wasted vacation day on my part to see what was wrong with my particular drop. I told them that was not necessary, this was a repeat of a recurring problem, just send a message to engineering which handles the head end, as had been done before. If that wasn't it, a service call would be fine, but let's try the easy solution first. No dice.

    Same story with their supervisor. Service call or nothing. They'd rather eat the cost of rolling a truck out rather than make a simple phone call. I'm not going to waste a day just to have them come and out find nothing wrong. It must be my drop because the engineering guys constantly monitor the equipment, never mind that my defeated neighbor had the same symptoms and was resigned just to live with them.

    I was taken aback by their absolute lack of flexibility and we stalemated. Got the supervisor's name/number and decided to wait it out until it fixed itself again.

    Two days later, it did. I call the supervisor back, but he's "gone from his desk." I connect with his supervisor, who confesses that it was indeed a head end problem. Since the other guy wasn't around to offer me an apology, he did, and said it wasn't handled correctly, and that my buddy would be re-educated.

    I've also had service calls where they've sent out guys who knew absolutely nothing about the equipment in my area and could do nothing, since he usually serviced another area for the company that had merged with mine.

    If cable companies actually had to compete like a real company, with real customer service and operating efficiency, they'd be out of business.

    There are good and consciencious people working there who can fix problems. Being able to reach them is the difficult part.
     
  2. Jorgasnarova

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    I once had a similar problem and the use of a Sima GoDVD Video Signal Processor, usu $100-$150 at Circuit City or Best Buy proved very effective in solving it.
     
  3. garydw

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    My Windows Media Center still does not have this issue, and I am able to record any program to DVD.

    Also my Media Center has not been restarted since I built it months ago excpet to install a faster DVD burner.

    Media Cener over Tivo anyday, I do not miss my tivo untis.

    gary
     
  4. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    That's nice. You have fun with that.
     
  5. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Potato and pen.

    And your Windows Media Center may not be connected to a cable company that's making the mistake described above.

    If it were connected to such a cable company, likely it also would fail to record such shows to DVD.

    If it doesn't fail to, and it ignores copyright flags from the show owners, "someone" might end up in hot water, which TiVo as a company doesn't want to be in.
     
  6. kblinco

    kblinco New Member

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    Miraculous!! Some how, some way, someone at COMCAST must have realized this head end problem and now I am back to being able to record and save to DVD. I can record programs past 6/13 but not programs between 5/1 and 6/11. So I had flags for a month. Let's see if they have conquered the problem totally.
     
  7. centar

    centar New Member

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    Garydw, what capture card are you using?
     
  8. dancing_flower

    dancing_flower New Member

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    You all mention cable companies. Is this the same with satellite tv service as far as settings and asking them to reset them?
     
  9. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Potato and pen.

    Are you having problems recording to TiVo stuff from a satellite source?
     
  10. bersca

    bersca New Member

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    I am so angry! I can no longer record shows to DVD nor can I convert video tapes to DVD. What did I buy this expensive Tivo DVD-Recorder for. If Tivo does not put an end to this policy, I demand nothing less than a full refund for the price of the recorder and my Tivo lifetime subscription. This is a violation of my rights and false advertising and I will not stand for it!
     
  11. bicker

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    What policy are you talking about? As far as I know there is no "TiVo policy" affecting DVD-recorders. Mine is working fine.
     
  12. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    There is no 'policy'. TiVo is required to support Macrovision BY LAW, so there is no way it will be removed. If it is detecting Macrovision even on home videos, something is wrong with the unit, that's all.
     
  13. readmore

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    The dreaded red flags just started happening on my Pioneer 810. I've got DirecTV. I assumed I was just hosed. Any suggestions? Am I right in assuming this is not supposed to be happening?

    It's been a great unit, although just tonight my wife wanted me to record something for a friend, but, alas, the red flags prevented it.
     
  14. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    In almost every case it should NOT be happening. Usually it is a problem with the source - like a DirecTV receiver adding the flags to the output. Send a private message to TiVoPony, or TiVoOpsMgr, and they can help track down the source. If it is the content provider they're good about getting it resolved.
     
  15. readmore

    readmore New Member

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    Thanks for the tip. Will do. I'm so thankful for these forums and the helpful people that populate them.
     
  16. DanielSilvestri

    DanielSilvestri New Member

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    I have the same issue. I have a Motorola Comcast Didigal Cable box, a Toshiba VCR/DVD Recorder combo, and a stand alon eTiVo box. I cannot record anything on the DVD other than a few seconds of something before it must read the encryption code and shut off the recording (whether recording from live cable or fro saved TiVo.

    Does anyone have a solution?? I am going nuts here :)
    Dan
     
  17. readmore

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    The solution to my problem: (see above for the problem)

    After a call to Tivo, an email to DirecTv, and a call to Pioneer, someone from Tivo called me back and told me the answer: reset your DirecTv box. (For those that have the DirecTv-branded box that I do, there's a lid on the front cover that flips back to reveal a small, red reset button).

    I hit the button, the DirecTv box reset itself, and now the Tivo records normally - without any copyright flags.
     
  18. Hal9000

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    i had a problem moving my vhs to dvd (yes i know the quality of vhs is crap but the thing where not on dvd at the time) i got around the macrovision thing by gettting a macrovision scart cable from ebay, this allows all thing with macrovision to be copied for backup only ;). the cable can cost a bit around £40.00+/- :eek: but worth it as you can use it on anything that has scart sockets.
    i am not saying go and get one as its not legal to us one to bypass anticopy software etc. :rolleyes:

    i also found a hack to remove macrovision from my dvd player and recorder, this to is not legal :rolleyes:
     
  19. palomino

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    i have a toshiba rs-tx60 that's worked fine until now. my signal comes in via directv. i went through the motions, and of course directv said it wasn't their problem. but of course, it is. i first noticed last summer, showtime would not let an episode of "weeds" be copied, to enhance value of later boxed set. f/x did same with episode of "over there." (you simpsons people - note directv, fox, f/x etc are the same company). I live in ny. as of last week, nothing can be copied now to dvd. does this mean we all have to get "stabilizer" devices or equivalent? this is complete bull.
     
  20. spsmyk

    spsmyk New Member

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    I'm having a similar problem --- last month started seeing some Pay TV (Starz and Showtime) that were protected content - couldn't back them up to DVD, nor could I move them to computer as they were blocked.

    This week, I noticed HBO and Cinemax are now blocked as well (they weren't last month). Is this in fact a problem with the local cable operator, or are others seeing broadcast flag on the Pay TV channels?

    Just wondering before I start contacting everyone about it.
     

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