I used to have regular cable service, but when I purchased a Sony HD TV, I needed to sign up for high definition, digital service with my cable company.
When I hooked up our 2004 model E55 Panasonic Recorder to our new digital service box from the cable company, a message appeared on the screen- "Copy Protection Blocked - press exit to cancel". Don't know what that meant, but I pressed exit to cancel, ran through the setup and then tried to use the Timer Recording feature. When I tried to enter a channel, it kept going back to Channel 3. It would not let me enter any channel. I can't get the thing to record anything. It will play a purchased DVD, but won't record. PLEASE, ANY SUGGESTIONS.
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Re: DMR E55 timer recording won't work
Your recorder doesn´t have a digital tuner, let alone an HD one. You can record digital programs via your TV tuner if it gives a signal out. Connect your TV to AV1 or AV2 on your recorder and program the recorder to record from the one you chose. You must program the TV separately (I don´t know if this is possible on your TV) or leave it on and on the channel you want to record.
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Are you trying to record from a broadcast signal, or via one of the SCART inputs? The E55 has an analogue tuner. If the TV companies in your part of the world have switched to digital broadcasting, the E55 can ONLY be used to record via the SCART and other video inputs, the tuner won't receive anything
When connected to an HDMI compatible unit, an uncompressed digital audio and video signal is transmitted, enabling you to enjoy high quality digital video and audio with just one cable. When connecting to an HDMIcompatible HDTV, the output can be switched to 1080p, 1080i or 720p HD video.
Panasonic uses Viera link option between their video products.
When connecting with a Panasonic TV (VIERA) or a receiver equipped with 'HDAVI Control' function, linked operations are possible. [Linked Operations with the TV (VIERA LinkTM HDAVI ControlTM)]
Please use HIGH SPEED HDMI cables that have the HDMI logo (as shown on the cover). It is recommended that you use Panasonic's HDMI cable. Recommended part number: RP-CDHG10 (1.0 m/3.3 ft.), RP-CDHG15 (1.5 m/4.9 ft.), RP-CDHG20 (2.0 m/6.6 ft.), RP-CDHG30 (3.0 m/9.8 ft.), RP-CDHG50 (5.0 m/16.4 ft.), etc. Non-HDMI-compliant cables cannot be used.
(the above is from the owner's manual of this model - page 40 tells you about linked operation using HDMI HDAVI control and how to set it up)
As for Gem HD, this unit has an SD (standard definition) digital tuner - it will not decode/receive HD channels. I should point out that 7mate also is a HD channel but is not specified as such in any menu or even their website. (I found this out by accident when I tried to record on timer 7mate one day and all I got was 'unable to decode HD channel' banner at the bottom of a blank screen)
Channel 11 is a SD channel - so this will work with your DMR-EZ48 as will all the other relevant main free to air channels (ABC/7/9/10/SBS). GO! is also a SD channel.
To be able to record HD to this combo unit you will need a HD set top box connected via its AV inputs. HDMI simply means you will get HD video quality from the combo to the TV, you will not receive HD channels from your HDTV to your DMR-EZ48 unit via this method.
To hook up you need to go from the satellite box to the recorder then to the TV. If you do that then you should be able to record the show on Tv. You can get the manual on the link below. Page 7 tells you how to hook up.
I have been able to record down converted HDTV shows on my Panasonic
DMR-EH50 recorder directly to the unit's hard drive and/or directly to
a blank DVD-R disc.
I do not know of any DTV converter box that can provide the proper
codes to the Panasonic DMR-EH50 to allow recording and scheduling of
shows using the unit's built in TV Guide menuing functions (the program recording codes
are essentially VCR Plus codes in the USA and VCR Video codes in the
UK, and this technology was previously owned by TV Guide/Gemstar but
was purchased by Macrovision within the past couple of years.)
When the DMR-EH50 is hooked up to standard RG-59/U coaxial TV cable,
the cable company provides the specific VCR Plus recording codes, as
well as auto setting the time and date information required for the TV
Guide recording schedule menus. The VCR Plus recording codes are sent
via the cable company through the coaxial cable to the end consumer's
device. Since Gemstar's VCR-Plus patents are now owned by Macrovision,
I am not sure of how this works (or will work) for
non-cable/non-satellite customers or if such codes will be made
available by Macrovision to record shows when one receives HDTV signals
(or down converted DTV signals) from an over-the-air antenna.
Though the DMR-EH50 recorder can only record at Standard Definition
(SD) broadcast resolutions, I connect the DMR-EH50 to my High
Definition TV using the three progressive scan YPBPR output cables and switch my HD-TV into the YPBPR mode when I want to watch shows from the DMR-EH50.
YPBPR are the analog video signals carried by three color coded component video cables. The green cable carries the Y
signal; the blue cable carries the PB signal; and the red cable carries the PR signal. The added benefit of using the YPBPR
hookup is that you can 'up convert' a standard DVD disc (non HD Blu-Ray
disc) in progressive scan mode to somethin akin to 720p resolution using the DM-EH50 (or
any other progressive scan DVD player) to get a better quality image on
Visually speaking, the same appears to hold true for playback of
programs recorded on the DMR-EH50's hard drive even though down
converted via the DTV converter box, and when played back on an HD-TV
using the YPBPR progressive scan cabling hookup.
I also been able to successfully record programs from the DTV converter
box to the DMR-EH50 recorder in both 16:9 wide screen and 4:3 normal
aspect ratios, but again only in Standard Definition quality.
For NTSC and PAL formats, the correct aspect ratios for any particular
TV (the rectangular height and width of your output resolution for a TV
screen) can usually be setup correctly for most any DTV converter box
by going carefully through the menus on the converter box. Though the
converted DTV often will yield 'better looking TV' than cable, it's
certainly not high definition however, as the purpose of any DTV
converter box is * not * to yield a High Definition digital TV signal
but a lower quality
Standard Definition signal for viewing on older SD-TVs.
We must remember that what is happening here is that (by NTSC USA standards), we are transcoding
(i.e., down converting) an over the air 1920 x 1080p (progressive scan)
High Definition digital broadcast signal, captured by your over the air
antenna, back to a Standard Definition 720 x 480 resolution analog
broadcast signal (the 720 x 480 resolution is a 4:3 aspect ratio.)
To record and veiw DVD movie at the same time connect the DMRE55 RCA cable output to DMREZ25 input 1 then the DMREZ output to yout TV input. Then on the DMREZ press input select and select IN1 to record from the E55.