Feb 13, 2007, 8:23 AM
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Hi, again, all
Blocking of internet and cable programming to Mexico
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Here's where I always come when I have a sticky question that I can't find out here on Cozumel via my local network of friends or the forum that I maintain here for locals. Thanks for all the other help I've received. And now you are 'rewarded' with a new question.
I subscribe to Cablemas Cozumel and as I'm a movie nut, I take the HBO, Cinemax and Movie City package in addition to the basic channels. At Christmas the prices came down on a Sony DVD recorder, so I sprung for one in the states and had my daughter bring it down to me.
For the first two weeks, it worked great and I was able to record all these crystal clear movies which I could then play on other DVD players or my computer. Then, suddenly, about a month ago. I started receiving the message This Picture Cannot Be Recorded flashing on the screen every 3 seconds whenever I tried to record one of these premium channels. I also discovered that Turner Broadcasting, the HallMark channel, ABC and NBC were unrecordable in the same way.
Now, I understand that a lot of programming is now being encrypted in the US so that you can only copy it one time. As an ex video producer/writer myself, I can sympathize with this goal. However, copy never? So far they're only doing that on pay per view items in the US at any rate.
But it appears from where I located at any rate, that copy never is what US-based programming companies are doing to anything shot down to Mexico. I expect they plan to do this in the US ultimately as well. But they'd have a nasty fuss to put up with, wouldn't they. So, I'm thinking they're trying to 'get off on the right foot' internationally by just doing the whole hog block right from the start with us lil third world countires.
I say this because when I try to video stream programming over the internet from ABC.com, CBS.com and other places, I receive the message that the programming is not available in Mexico. Whereas, when I'm back in the states, visiting, it comes in just fine. Maddening much?
Ultimately, I may end up getting dish network service at my daughter's house in the states, bringing the extra receiver down here, purchasing a dish locally and aiming it from here. Has anyone done this and been able to successfully record on a DVD recorder? And, if so, what make a model of DVD recorder are you using?
Also does anyone else have experiences with DVD recording of the channels I've mentioned that they would be willing to share?
Obviously, my new Sony DVD recorder has all the latest encryption recognition equipment in it ready and waiting to block me from recording most anything worthwhile --even one single time. VCR works fine because it doesn't have the encryption. But VCR's wear out very quickly in the dust and humidity that I call home on cozumel island. I'm toying with buying an LG DVD recorder at Chedraui and see if THAT has the encryption software installed on board. I am angry and I am very frustrated, too.
Any one with similar experiences and/or solutions? I wrote an email to HBO and HBO Latino for all the good that will do. Ha Ha. I tried to write an email to Cablemas in Spanish but their website is so crummy I get an error everytime I hit the Enviar button. Why am I not surprised.
Anyway, thanks in advance for anyone who cares to share their own experience which I can only hope have been more successful than my own to date.