I impulsively bought a DVD-VHS combo recorder today (Sony RDRVX555) to replace my ancient old VCR. I do a lot of time shifting, or whatever they call it – recording stuff on TV (Comcast cable) to watch when I have time. I often work at night when my favorite programs are on. I don’t duplicate, sell, broadcast, or give away the stuff I record.
So after we get the new recorder hooked up, of course I discovered that most of the stuff I want to record is copy protected. So far I’ve only experimented with the DVD drive, not the VHS drive, in the new Sony. So I don’t know if I’ll have the same problem with the VHS.
Is there any way around this? And do all the current DVD-VHS recorders have the same limitation? What about the recorders that have hard drives as well as DVD drives?
I’m considering returning this to the store and just going back to using my old VCR again. That’ll record anything.