I have been making personal copies of broadcast movies for my own collection.
12/05 I bought a Sony RDR-VX515, then current model DVD rec/VHS. As soon as I hooked it up, I learned I could not record the desired movies from my DVR. I bought a CT-200 and have made numerous successful recordings.
But the VX515 had a normal failure rate of about 10% with various errors;i.e. didn't record, wouldn't finalize, etc. When it was going back to Sony for the second time, 01/07, I bought a Sony RDR-GX330, standalone DVD recorded.
It was hooked up with the CT-200 and I proceded to make many, many recordings without a single error.
02/07, Sony authorizes replacement of #1 unit, VX515, with current model, RDR-VX530.
I remove GX330 and install VX530 with CT-200. It still refuses to record, giving the copy protected error message. As a check, I reinstalled the GX-330 and proceded to record.
I also installed the GX330 with my other DISH receiver/TV without CT-200 and recorded programs from prime time network TV. Also did short test recordings from 6 different HBO channels and it recorded ok.
However, with the VX530 installed on the second receiver, it does not record from HBO, etc. It either recognizes the copyright immediately or it records about 8 seconds and then issues the error message.
Because I don't remember how long the HBO test recordings were that I made with the naked GX330, I cannot verify that it would have continued to record successfully.
The first thing I learned when trying to buy a second CT-200 is that they are almost totally removed from the market, but I did find new ones and purchased.
From my ramblings, I think that the earlier DVD recorder/VHS combo, VX515, and the current DVD recorder only, GX330 work fine with the CT-200. There is a chance that the GX-330 may work without it.
But I have been totally unable to use the CT-200 successfully with the latest DVD recorder/VHS, VX-530.
Does anyone have any ideas?