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About lydia221

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  1. American dvd-vhs machines are loaded with all sorts of anti-copy protection. I had a Magnavox dvd-vhs recorder which would not let me record from the tv to vhs, only to dvd. (!) Even when I tried to record from an different player into that one, nothing worked. There was no way to make backup dvd copies of my videotapes. Never again will I buy a US-Region 1 dvd machine. And never again a dvd-vhs combination. Much as I hate having piles of equipment, better to have the two separately.
  2. I do not want to get into a big fight over this. The CPRM *PERMITS* me to make ONE copy of a program, so that is not the issue. The issue, for me, is that since I have spent money for recording equipment and blank dvds, I would like to have the best copy that I can make. That is why I bought a dvr with a hard drive. I use it to edit out what I don't want, and then I copy the edited file to a dvd. So if I set a timer recording to run an extra ten minutes, in case the program begins late or runs later than scheduled, I don't miss the end. Then I erase the overrun and burn the rest t
  3. I am no expert on supreme-court matters, but to my knowledge, it has not yet been overruled.
  4. If they're copy-protected, you're certainly not entitled. And any software that removes copy-protection is illegal. I'm appalled that this is even being discussed on TCM's website. I refer you to the "Betamax case" of 1984. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betamax_case
  5. Here is the exact wording from the postcard which I received from Cablevision: It's easier than ever to find HD programming on iO TV! Beginning 26 January 2010, High Definition (HD) programming will be available at the lower channel locations. Channel 97, which used to be TCM (SD), now shows up as TCMHD. And the copy-protection problem started just after Cablevision sent out this notification. I called them again and complained, and they wrote down everything I said. They told me that the switch was being made (as you said) to create more bandwidth space. But they did not say
  6. P.S.: I did contact Cablevision. They told me that they had no stake in the content being broadcast and do not use any kind of copy-protection. But by making the TCM channel into an HD channel, they automatically implement the copy-protection which TCM is clearly using on its HD material.
  7. I have figured out what the problem is, at least for me. When HDTV began, Cablevision had two channels for every broadcaster - in this case, TCM and TCMHD. As of 26 January, both of those channels became HD. And the copy protection is active on TCM's HD stations. The protection being used is CPRM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPRM Through experimentation, I have found that I am able to make ONE copy of any one film or short (copy-once technology). If I record to my dvr's hard drive, I cannot then copy that recording to a dvd. The only way I can make a keepable copy of a TCM b
  8. I recorded two items from TCM to my dvr's hard drive last night: a FitzPatrick Travel Guide, and the film Red, Hot, and Blue. I can watch them from my hard drive, but they cannot be copied to a dvd. I had this problem with TCM's HD channel, but never with the regular one. The film was made by Paramount, but the other is MGM. If they are copy-protecting even the Travel Guides, then they may be protecting everything. Which would not be so bad IF these items were available commercially. P.S.: I notice that the icon on the TCM forms which one clicks to "report abuse" is the yel
  9. My copy of The Missing Juror is just fine.
  10. I have Cablevision in New Jersey, and I watch only two channels: TCM and TV5Monde, the international French channel. On both channels, I get the '"poor quality signal" or "no signal" - as well as the grey screen of death, in which I sometimes lose audio and video, sometimes just video; this can last as long a couple of minutes. I feel certain that it is the cable/satellite problem, not the channels. I was told once by a cable repair person that it happens because some channels are sent out over a weaker frequency. A customer-service person told me that that was just wrong. Anothe
  11. If he really cares about film preservation, he could have donated the money, and had the "decency" to leave his name off. Just looks to me as though he is making some feeble attempt to redeem his "image". Now he is a gentleman film producer, rather than some hack who turned women into big-busted bunnies. Check out his list of films in the IMDb. I saw Hefner recently in a documentary on Marilyn Monroe, explaining how much he "admired" her. Woo-hoo.
  12. And yet, there is The Divorce of Lady X, which I have requested several times. Thank you, thank you, thank you, TCM. I have two vhs copies of this wonderful film, but the audio on both is terrible. I hope that this print will be an improvement. Like others who have posted here, I was so pleased to see that Marion Davies will have her day, and that we will be seeing Operator 13 again. I wonder, though, why more of her silent films are not shown. They do exist. A few years ago, the Film Forum in NYC did a Marion Davies retrospective (sold out, of course), and one of the films they s
  13. The Runaway Bus is available from Netflix and Amazon.com.
  14. Okay, do you want to hear something really weird? I am sitting here watching The Great Escape, and looked up John Leyton, the actor who plays "the tunneler". He was in a 1966 series called Jericho, which turns out to be exactly the show I had just asked about in this thread. Seeing Leyton in The Great Escape must have been what made me recall the series. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059999/ Plot summary for "Jericho" (1966) The Jericho team were a trio of Allied specialists who operated as intelligence agents and saboteurs behind Nazi lines. Franklin Sheppard, of Amer
  15. I recall watching a WWII tv series about a small international Resistance group which included (I think) a Briton, a Frenchman, and an American. Alas, I am not even sure in which decade it aired, but I think that it must have been in the seventies. And I believe that it did not run very long. Would anyone happen to know what it was? Thanks so much.
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