Since several weeks I own a Philips DVDR3300H/19 DVD recorder with a 80Gb hard disk. Most of the time it plays recorded broadcasts without a problem. But sometimes de DVD recorder refuses to play recorded stuff, giving an error message ‘copy protected material’. The recorder then also refuses to burn the recording to DVD-R(W), given the same error message.
I have contacted Philips about this and they told me that TV-broadcasters can transmit a signal which tells the DVD-recorder that the current broadcast is copyrighted material. The recorder does record the stuff, but will refuse to replay the content or copy it to a DVD-R(W). This is as designed by Philips. They told me there is nothing that can be done to get rid of this.
Does anybody know if this is true? I have looked for a patched firmware, but I cannot find it. What kind of a signal is it anyway? Can I get rid of the signal before it reaches the DVD-recorder? This would solve the problem without loading patched firmwares.
This really is a pain in the rear end, as you cannot tell in advance if the broadcast is copyrighted. My plain old VHS and my Pinnacle PCTV Deluxe both record movies and play them, where my brand new Philips refuses to do so. It’s kind of funny because under Dutch law you are allowed to make a copy of copyrighted material as long as it is for private (non-commercial) purposes. So why does Philips bother?