Join Date: Apr 2000
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While most members have been trying to get their JVC HD-30000's to communicate with their DST50/51's, I have been trying to get true HD output from the JVC. I believe the reasons for both problems is the same culprit, copy protection:
When I record a program from Dish Network via my DST50/HD1000, it will not play back on the JVC in HD. When the vcr starts, a message flashes on the screen saying "HS SD" (high-speed, standard definition) and the output video is soft. Apparently a tape without any 5C code is considered an illegal tape.
I've tried Jaehong Lee's suggestion of playing a "JP" tape (Japan tape) first, then switching to my tape. Since I don't have any JP tapes, I've tried using off-air recordings as "starters" with no success. Tonight was a different story. My local CBS station's evening HD programs played in HD on the JVC perfectly, for the first time. Obviously something was different and I believe the difference was CBS had the copy protection bits switched on.
Jaehong Lee's trick now works if I use tonights CBS recording as a starter. Other tapes that would not play in HD up to now can be played successfully--if you use a "starter". Fast-forward and fast reverse doesn't seem to matter, however if I stop the HD1000 tape, then restart, I get the "FS SD" message again and a soft picture. Going through the original procedure allows HD again. Conclusion: The HD30000 must see a 5C tape or it won't playback in HD. The ability to "fool" machine as described is probably a software bug which may get fixed in the export models.
I'd be interested in hearing if others find the same operational situation. If what I describe is a bug, do others find the same bug? Remember, you first need a tape without 5C to see if the system goes to "SD" mode. I got mine from Dish/HBO-HD and my PV-HD1000. Of course you then need a valid 5C "starter" tape to allow HD playback.
[This message has been edited by Robert Cobler (edited 04-02-2001).]