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Can't record anything on HBO. We get a message stating "cannot record in VR mode". What is the problem?

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There is a good reason for this HBO uses CGMS-A (Content Generation Management System for Analog protection) to prevent people from recording HBO programming, this is a signal which they can set to Copy-Free / Copy-Once or Copy-Never to prevent recording (and apparently bootlegging) of this Premium content.


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RIAA - Recording Industry Association of America

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