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Why can't I pass the DVD player video through my VCR?
You usually can't pass a DVD player signal through a VCR for the same reason you can't duplicate your DVDs onto video tape: copy protection. Most VCRs can't distingish between a signal it is passing through and one that it can record. Therefore, any copy protected signal is blocked.

There are a few VCR models that allow a DVD signal to be passed through the VCR, just not recorded. The reason for this is when the VCR is not in record mode, the video doesn't go through the video heads inside the deck. Since the signal passes straight from the inputs to the outputs, it isn't blocked.

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