Well, here it is, $400.00 after I bought my father this great dual deck (vhs to dvd) transfer machine, and I now discover that due to Macrovision, I cant use it!!!!... The reason I bought it for him is that in addition to being able to transfer home movies from his 8mm camcorder to dvd, He's got approximately 1,000 (yes u heard it right) movies on VHS. Most are store bought, and due to space and age of the format I wanted to get him this recorder so he could move to the new millenium lol. Problem is, as soon as I try to record a tape onto DVD it stops the dvd recorder. Even tried to hook up my vcr to his recorder and that wont go through either. Does anyone know a way that this Stand alone machine can record his collection to DVD without me buying him another VHS player and a descrambler? The whole point was for this to be an easy fun project for him. Mind you, I am not trying to get around the legal ramifications of Copyrights, because it is for his personal use and not piracy, so why is it apparently illegal for him to move up in format quality? Ive read a little about some hacks or secret screens that are available on many recorders, and was wondering if anyone out there has any info for this machine. Chip mod, different remote.. sledgehammer???? Please help, this was the best Christmas present he's ever gotten but now its nowhere near as valuable because hes stuck with this enormous collection of video tapes and a few home movies he'll be able to make into dvds... doesnt really seem worth the money now does it?