I have a Philips VCR recently dragged out of storage to convert some VHS tapes to DVD ... no real problems there.
However, I have noticed that some newish "commercial" tapes simply won't play at all on this VCR.
I'm aware that copy protection like Macrovision will (unless circumvented) prevent a second VCR or DVD from recording the signal from the primamry VCR, but as I say I cannot get some video tapes to play at all even when no output cables whatsoever are plugged into the VCR.
Did VCR's themselves ever have play-back prevention built-in to the circuitry when copy protections came about?
Any suggestions why I cannot view/play these particular tapes even as ordinary viewing on the TV?