Screwed up Christmas # 1:
I was setting up a friend's new DVD player the day after Christmas. They have a nice big Sony TV and a quite decent Sony DVD player. No problems thought I....
The TV only has the standard CATV F connector. Not a problem. I'll feed the audio to the stereo and the video to the Sony VCR. The sound came up properly. Actually, the sound was stunning. The picture was fairly good too. I didn't expect much from the video. After all, it WAS being pumped through an RF converter in the VCR. Then the screen went blue. Then the picture came back. Then it went blue. Then the picture came back. I think you get the pattern, right? After breaking down and looking through the manual, I found the problem. They say S-Video to TV, Yes. AV to TV, Yes. Compnent video to TV, Yes. AV through VCR to TV, NO. They don't even have the decency to say why, just NO.
Worthless piece-o-crap Macrovision.
Now my friends need to buy a new TV. (at least $300-$400 to match the rest of their system) This is NOT what people who stretched their budget to get a DVD player needed to hear.
Screwed up Christmas # 2:
I asked for a cheap DVD player for Christmas. Dad obliged, but decided to 'upgrade' me to a quality Pioneer unit. The TV available where this player will be located only has the F connector input. To 'enable' my player to function as a player (instead of a doorstop) with what I have, I've had to order over $100 worth of stabilizers and color-correction equipment.
My Friends and I Thank YOU, MPAA
The place with the best prices (so far) for this equipment has them back-ordered for at least two more weeks. Do you think this backorder status has anything to do with a Christmas glut of new DVD players that people couldn't use???? !!!!!!
I will not recommend any particular vendor, and since the product is backordered from the cheapest vendor I found, cannot offer a hands-on opinion.... but.... go to Yahoo and do a search for (and the quotes are important) "sima scc". :)
On a slightly more positive note, the stabilization box will let me balance the colors AND let me dub to VHS for legitimate, fair-use purposes... ;-)