I’m glad I came across this thread. I have a Direct-TV HD-DVR box. One of my DMR-EH75vs machines is connected to it. Even if I was watching HD content, the Panasonic would have no problems recording the show (of course the show is captured to the hard drive in SD).
Why do I still use the Panny if I have an HD-DVR box? It’s nice being able to record two channels at once (like during US Open tennis for example). Then I can watch from the HD-DVR box and record to the Panasonic at a later date if I feel like burning to disc (haven’t burnt much lately).
Most of the time, I had recorded directly to the Panasonic (live or scheduled manual records). It’s just easier to use and playback on, as I don’t like the functionality or the user-friendliness of the HD-DVR. It’s slow and frustrating. The SD content doesn’t look so bad on the big plasma.
Up until last night, everything worked fine for over a month. Now, just tonight, I got the “no rec, copyright material” error for the first time. It doesn’t matter which channel I tune to, the eh75 refuses to record anything to the hard drive. I wonder what changed. I mean, what are these blokes afraid of? It’s not like the Panasonic is capturing HD content.
However, the eh75 in another room (connected to a standard D-TV box) has no problems recording at all. What is the difference? Is it simply due to a different signal going in/out of the HD-Box vs. the SD-box?
dual satellite in from outside dish to HD-Box
HDMI from HD-box to plasma
regular S-Video, composite audio from HD-box to DMR-eh75v.
Something has clearly changed on Directv’s end, and it happened during the last 24 hours for sure.