I just purchased a new LG LRA-750 DVD recorder. I bought this as a replacement for my older Lite-On recorder that decided it didn’t want to recognize discs anymore.
The LRA-750 appears to be an excellent recorder and I thought all was working great until the last couple of times I set the machine to record the Sopranos on HBO overnight. When I tried to play back the show the next day the blank DVD was still blank.
I finally sat down with the thing and discovered that if I try to record anything from HBO (or any of the premium movie channels on DishNet) I get a “Copy protected. Cannot Record.” error. Recording regular network TV works fine.
I called LG to complain and they said something about respecting the copyrights of certain networks and some such garbage. I explained to them that my old inferior Lite-On recorder would record anything without complaint. They didn’t seem to care. When I said I planned to return the recorder because of this “flaw” they hung up on me!
Is there any way to over-ride this copy protection? If I change the input on the recorder from component to coax will that make a difference?
I really hate to return this recorder because it supports DiVx files and really seems like a nice machine. Too bad I can’t record everything I’d like.
If anyone is considering purchasing a LG DVD recorder they had better think twice if they believe they’ll be able to record everything on TV.