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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 to a disc. Right now, with the CPRM, I can copy to the hard drive, but not directly from the tv to a dvd, unless the disc has been specially initialized. (I have not tried that yet to see if it actually works.) And I cannot burn from the hard drive onto a dvd.
  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 anything about digital vs.HD. As yet, I have not been able to record to -RW dvds. The copy-protection recognizes them and will not record to media which could be used to make multiple copies. (!!) I had a look at the Grex products (thanks for the tip). I could find no mention of CPRM, and have e-mailed them to ask whether their products can break it. All I want it to be able to make decent copies, as I am entitled to do. I am not providing the entire Eastern Seaboard with pirate videos.
  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 broadcast is to record it directly to a dvd - and not just any dvd. It has to be a dvd initialized in VR, rather than Video Mode. (I know that this usually works only for rewritable dvds, but my machine will initialize regular dvds as VR.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vr_mode Since I like to edit recordings on my hard drive before copying them to a disc, I find this new development really annoying. It means also that if Cablevision messes up the transmission, so that I have pixellated video or the grey screen of death, I have it on a dvd already, and so that dvd is wasted. On the hard drive, I can either edit out the problem or delete the recording and wait until it is broadcast again. And since I collect shorts and then put them on discs, the copy-once technology has made that all but impossible.
  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 yellow triangle with a *!* inside. Ironically, that is the same icon which shows up in my hard-drive list of films, on the copy-protected items.
  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. Another repair person said that the customer-service people don't know anything at all, they just read pre-fab answers from a piece of paper. Yet another repair person said that all of the international channels have worse reception. Which would account for TV5. I have always assumed that Cablevision shafts TCM because they own AMC (and once owned Bravo, when it was still a channel worth watching), and are jealous. It is also annoying that Cablevision always does its upgrades and reboots in the middle of the night, which is often when TCM airs rare films. I have complained, to no avail. Apparently it is more important that the masses be able to watch the programs that bring in advertising $$$$.
  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 showed was the silent version of Marianne, which they obtained from Turner. They said that when they opened the can, they found the film in pristine condition - it had probably never been shown. So why not let all of Marion's fans appreciate it? And the others? The documentary on her life is decent, but every time I see Hugh Hefner's name in the credits as executive producer, I want to vomit. He also produced Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood, which is a bad joke if ever there was one (not the documentary, but him as producer of a film with that title).
  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 American Army Intelligence, was their commanding officer and chief planner. Jean-Gaston Andre, of the Free French Air Force, was the team's demolitions and weapons expert. Nicholas Gage, of the British Navy, was a former circus performer (high-wire artist) whose specialty was getting in and out of Nazi installations. Anyone else remember watching it?
  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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