Originally Posted by glangford
After reading this thread, I'm confused, I've never had a problem copying from premium movie channels, or had a problem retaining widescreen format on HBO, Max, SHow, or Starz HD. Do some cable systems inhibit this, and others don't??
I have DirecTV and I never had a problem with a Panasonic HDD/DVD recorder (2-3 years old), but when I bought a newer DVD recorder (Philips DVDR3576H/37) I could record anything to the hard drive, but not directly to DVD-R nor would it allow programs to be dubbed from HDD to DVD-R. The older recorders don't have the logic to inhibit recording, but the CP signal gets recorded. I tried to dub from DVD-R made on the Panasonic to the Philips, and it was blocked.
I got the DP-X7000 and it solved all of my problems. There is no loss of picture quality that I can detect. I since upgraded to HD and there has been no issue with recording anything. The Philips can be set for wide-screen (16:9), but it records SD. Obviously there is a loss of PQ from HD to SD, but it is totally acceptable.
Someone else asked about Blu-Ray: Same results as the HD programs from DirecTV.
DP-X7000 has both AV (RCA) input and S-Video. The PQ is significantly better with the latter connection.