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Can't get the dvr working

Using the guides I've been supplied I've setup the DVR connecting to TV and DVD but I can't get the TV to show whats playing on the dvr

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  • jaileen1 May 11, 2010

    Does this mean we can't watch the movies we recorded from the dvd because of the copyrights?

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ARchos is macrovision compliant to prevent copying copyright programs. I think in some cases the recordings are encoded as such and will not play on your tv in those cases. I would fire off a letter to Archos technical support archos.com) and check with them on this.

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