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I finally bought a D-VHS machine and am awaiting delivery. I am connecting it to my LG LST-3410A HD Recorder and hope to be able to time shift the world series (Although this will be hard if they have many 14 inning outings - I can see the tape running out 30 seconds before the winning home run).


My main reason for getting the deck is to time shift broadcasts, but I would also like to get some recorded material. My first thought was that I'd like to buy D-Theater tapes, but they cost a lot and I don't feel like owning most of them. My next thought tp wonder if there is a lending library of HD tapes.


What I am looking for is a source for recorded HD material that I can borrow. Others surely have had the thought - "where can I rent some of these D-Theater tapes?" Is there a source for renting these tapes? Is there a 'club' for lending the tapes between members? If such a club does not exist, is anybody interested in forming such a club?
 

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My main reason for getting the deck is to time shift broadcasts, but I would also like to get some recorded material. My first thought was that I'd like to buy D-Theater tapes, but they cost a lot and I don't feel like owning most of them. My next thought tp wonder if there is a lending library of HD tapes.


What I am looking for is a source for recorded HD material that I can borrow. Others surely have had the thought - "where can I rent some of these D-Theater tapes?" Is there a source for renting these tapes? Is there a 'club' for lending the tapes between members? If such a club does not exist, is anybody interested in forming such a club?
There was an online D-VHS tape rental business, I believe it was called NicheFlix but I never used it and don't know if it still exists. I am sure no discussion of a lending club of D-VHS recordings is allowed on this forum.


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Nicheflix is alive and well. I've been a subscriber for several months. Their D-Theater tapes are in good shape (I've only had one problem title in 25 or so).


Discussion of tape trading is not allowed here.


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Chris & Dylan -

I'm sorry, I didn't know it was not allowed. Is lending of D-Theater tapes actually illegal? You can lend books (hence the phrase lending library), so I assumed you could lend D-Theater tapes. It seems to me that there are too many gray areas in this game.


I'll check out Nicheflix - thanks for the tip.
 

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Hyrax - The idea is that for most other types of media, "lending" is analogous to piracy (people making illegitimate copies and keeping them). However, given the copy protection in a D-Theater tape, you are probably on the safe side of the spirit of the law. However, you will probably not find a lot of sympathy if you start posting on one. Talk to Alan Gouger about whether he would allow it.


Beyond NicheFlix, I thought I saw an ad for a service in the back of a Widescreen Review magazine I picked up once. I don't subscribe, so I can't remember the name of the service. Oh, well!


Later,

Bill


PS: Besides, acquisition is so much more rewarding! ;)
 

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Bill -

I'm mainly concerned that so many of the D-Theater tapes are out of print, hard to get, or expensive. I was hoping to find a source for them. Nicheflix looks exactly like what I was looking for.


I also really want to see the last few Super Bowls in Hi Def. If anybody knows who I could contact in order to get them put on tape, I'd like to hear it. I sent an email to NFL Films requesting they put their stuff out on D-Theater tapes, but I was wondering if there would be a better way.
 

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Bill -

I'm mainly concerned that so many of the D-Theater tapes are out of print, hard to get, or expensive. I was hoping to find a source for them. Nicheflix looks exactly like what I was looking for.


I also really want to see the last few Super Bowls in Hi Def. If anybody knows who I could contact in order to get them put on tape, I'd like to hear it. I sent an email to NFL Films requesting they put their stuff out on D-Theater tapes, but I was wondering if there would be a better way.
I know what you mean. I might have found a place in The Netherlands that has a copy of "The Bourne Identity". Eu50, of course. yikes!


Later,

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Discussion of tape trading is not allowed here.
Even if this discussion is limited to D-Theater tapes?


There should be no grey area here. You can lend a *purchased* item to anybody! That includes books, CDs and tapes. The copyright law exists to keep you from copying (ie protect the rights of the authors).


A D-Theater tape is (currently) uncopyable. You have the legal right to loan, sell, or trade a D-Theater D-VHS tape. So for all intents and purposes this should be an allowed topic.


OTOH, I imagine that "tape trading" in a forum like this could quickly devolve to trading *recordings*. IE, "I'll trade you an HBO Star Wars: AotC for a HDNet Fearless!" This would be illegal.


The real nail in the coffin, however, is that there's no "Buy/Sell/Trade" forum! :)


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A D-Theater tape is (currently) uncopyable. You have the legal right to loan, sell, or trade a D-Theater D-VHS tape. So for all intents and purposes this should be an allowed topic.
You are of course forgetting the "analog hole" that Hollywood is concernded about. A W-VHS VCR can make an analog copy although media costs make that idiotic.


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Tape trading of non-DTheater is what's not allowed.
 

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The real nail in the coffin, however, is that there's no "Buy/Sell/Trade" forum! :)
That middle link towards the top that says "HT Marketplace" - you may want to give it a try. :)
 

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Sorry if I wasn't clear in my first message. When I said I was looking for a lending library of HD tapes, I meant D-Theater tapes.


Also, I wasn't trying to use this forum as a front end for trading D-Theater tapes . Rather, I was/am interested in information about borrowing/renting these tapes without having to buy them. I was also wondering if there was much interest by others in pooling our resources in order to make D-Theater tapes easier to get (even if it means just borrowing/renting the tape). This is obviously a bad idea, so I've dropped it.
 

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You are of course forgetting the "analog hole" that Hollywood is concernded about. A W-VHS VCR can make an analog copy although media costs make that idiotic.
And on that note... You can photocopy a borrowed War and Peace too!


:)


-Pie
 
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