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Hopefully this doesn't violate forum policy.

by swami7774 / June 22, 2011 2:33 AM PDT

If it does. delete the post.
My cable provider has an "on demand" section, featuring old movies that have been reformatted to 16:9(not true HD, but they fill the screen). As these movies are available only for a while, I'd like to record them in their reformatted (widescreen) condition--either onto DVD or onto a hard drive for storage. Is there a way to do this? I have a device called DVDirect which records, but only in 4:3.
Because these are old movies, I doubt there's a copyright question involved. Thanks in advance for the advice.

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No need to delete
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 22, 2011 7:23 AM PDT

but I doubt the cable provider would allow you to record anyway. They still have to pay for the films they provide to subscribers so copyright still is an issue, even with older films.

Check with your cable company what their policy is on this.


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by swami7774 / June 22, 2011 10:12 AM PDT
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...contacting my cable provider is not one of the more pleasant tasks I can think of.
I can record things on the DVR; the trick is saving the the items in wide screen format outside the DVR.

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If it is allowed, then why not do that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 23, 2011 8:34 AM PDT

If it was allowed, why not some HD recorder or something from Hauppaugge?

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I wasn't aware...
by swami7774 / June 23, 2011 10:08 AM PDT

...there are any HD recorders, other than DVRs. I have a DVR, issued by the cable provider. I can store stuff there but the memory gets full eventually. I'm looking for a way to take it off the DVR, and put it onto either DVD or in a hard drive.

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(NT) Which is why I note a product line name.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 29, 2011 2:46 AM PDT
In reply to: I wasn't aware...
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I looked at the Hauppauge HD-PVR.
by swami7774 / June 29, 2011 4:29 AM PDT

It appears to do what I want with the exception of a)burning content to DVD or b)acting as storage. It seems to be a simple pass-through from cable box to computer. Which means I'll probably have to buy a new computer to do what I want to do.

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All inclusive systems tend to be as much as a small car.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2011 12:44 PM PDT

Since storage and dvd/BD creation apps are plentiful I hope you discover that some "system" as you seem to be seeking should run as much as a small car.

Why not capture it then create what you want and store where you want?

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