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Has anybody found a way to hook up your HTL-HD to a VCR or DVD-recorder? It seems that D* has finally enabled Macrovision 7.1 on all the outputs, so there's no way to record anything out of this box. Anybody have any ideas?
 

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Originally posted by showard594
i have the sony hd300 (big brother to hughes model) and i can record out svhs and composit. i hace recorded DirecTV SD and HD content and also both on OTA with nice results.
Can you try something for me and tell me what happens? On the front panel of the receiver, push the right arrow key and the info key at the same time. This brings up a diagnostic menu. Push the right arrow key again and this brings up the General Diagnostics screen. Towards the bottom is a line that says Macrovision Info. Does yours say Enabled 7.1? Press Exit to leave the diagnostic mode. Also curious what brand and model device you're recording to.


Thanks, Mike
 

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My HTLHD also reports Macrovision 7.1 Enabled, however I have no problem recording from either s-video out with my ReplayTV-type device (Panasonic Showstopper HS2000) or composite out with $99 Panasonic 4-head VCR (2 years old?). It's possible I "accidentally" got the non-Macrovision enabled OS on the bigger hard drive I recently put in the PVR - the Panasonic version originally had Macrovision enabled and the Replaytv 3000 on the same hardware didn't, only one OS image out there. The HTLHD hasn't affected my regularly scheduled timeshifting at all compared to the SD Hughes receiver it replaced, or it would be going right back to the store.
 

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Well, I've debugged the problem I'm having a little bit more. I get color banding (level 2 macrovision) when feeding S-video or composite into my Sharp DVD recorder. I've talked to D* and Hughes tech support and neither could help (suprise, suprise). Hughes said I should ask D* for a replacement box. Last night, I decided to try the composite video into an old VCR I still have laying around, and low and behold, no color banding. I don't know if it's too old to respond to the newer level 2 macrovision, or if there's something in the video out that is just on the edge enough to where the DVD recorder responds but the VCR doesn't. So I guess I need to either ask D* for a new box, or get one of those video stabilizers. I think I'll ask D* first.
 
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