19 Nov

How to Get Rid of Cinavia Protection on a PS3 – Or at Least Bypass it!

A few updates ago, Sony included Cinavia protection on their Sony Playstation 3 and it’s been a love-hate relationship ever since.  While you can find hundreds of posts about how to get rid of Cinavia protection from your Playstation 3 by patching it to an older update, or there’s some kind of sketchy software plugin I found that seemed to be a complete scam, I’ve only found one way to quickly get rid of it temporarily.

Just change the date on your PS3.  That easy,

When you are watching a movie and the sound cuts out and you get the Cinavia warning, simply pause the movie (X) and back out to the main menu (O) and then slide over to settings > date and time and advance the year by one.  Then go back to movies > media server > movie folder and play your movie.  It will start back off where you paused it and the sound will be re-enabled until the next watermark.  Do bear in mind this is only temporary and you will have to do this every time the Ps3 hits a Cinavia watermark, which seems to be about 4 or 5 times per movie.  It’s annoying, but hey at least you can finish your movie!



  • Thanks. I was just setting it to one day and one hour in the future, which seems to do the trick. But one year forward seems simpler. It is still annoying, but hey, at least I can watch it on the big screen. Also, if other find this page, there is apparently a “PS3 Cinavia Fix” out there, but it is a scam. There is no software. All it is, is a bunch of guides telling you to use other software to try and get rid of it. Not worth it imo.

  • you’re the best, Dan! This fixed it right away, no need to do it more than once. Thank you!

  • Thanks Dan

  • works 2013

  • Dan your the boss

  • That works for the sound but it doesn’t seem to work on the code 1 error. Video is stopped

  • didnt work for me

  • Any other bypass techniques? Ive also tried the changing sound setting from HDMI etc and that didn’t work. Please lemme know if anyone stumbles upon a fix. Thanks

  • you can also replace the blu ray audio by a dvd audio …thaT WAY YOU WILL NOT BE CHECKED

  • It worked for me. Thanks

  • I wish I never updated my PS3 a few months ago. I never use it to play games anymore, so in retrospect, there was no point in the upgrade for me. Now my PS3 isn’t even a good media server. It’s totally useless.

  • Nailed it thanks dude :)

  • Aww yess mann! Thanks a lot.

    Worked for me!!

  • how to change the audio from bluray to dvd?

  • This is such a b1tch move by MPAA and AASC industry moderators.
    I guarantee if it were known on the update “You acknowledge that taking this update will completely remove the sole purpose of having a media server” nobody would have taken it.

    What do the studios and Sony actually think “media servers” are for? Watching home movies?

    I don’t want to d1ck around with a bunch of discs. I BUY my movies. I have tons of Blu-Ray and dvds.
    It’s so much better to just store those for safe keeping, dump them all to a 4TB drive and host it on a pc in my house. Then I don’t have to go looking for my movie (which my kids misplace them constantly. Star Wars in the Back to the Future case, etc) Instead I just turn on my PS3 and choose what I want from a huge list of MY PAID COLLETION of movies…

    What really pisses me off is that I am not doing anything illegal as long as I own it!!!! Read the shrink wrap licensing agreement on these things. Archival purposes. What pukes.

    I hope that this makes what was probably not too big a deal for the industry giants into something that cripples them and their outrageous profits….

    The legitimate user has been pushed way too far and we’ve always been subject to test beds and market flops that empty our pockets. WE keep this industry going and basically if I can’t enjoy what they sell me and I can’t trust “here’s a neat feature” to be an actual working feature, I will stop buying.

    You guys are threatening your revenue pipeline with this stupidity. KEEP IT UP!

    Ultra Violet was bad enough… now this????

    Go fuk yourselves greedy bastard$

    • Agreed 100%, one of these days I’ll change it out for a cheaper media server that doesn’t bother me with stupid random mutes.

  • Thanks dude, you saved my night

  • Thank you for posting this. I thought I was going to have to go dig through boxes of dvd’s to watch what I wanted to watch tonight.

  • You idiots! The simplest way to do it just turn your Wifi off! Simplez!!! Owww

    No need to do all this advancing time forward C**P!!!

    • Except that you need the Wifi connectivity to stream the content dude.

  • 1. copy a mkv to ps3 (it takes some time to convert) then turn off network in ps3
    2. after mute notification pops up change day +1 (you don’t have to change year)

  • Worked perfectly,love you bro!! ;)

  • Thank you for the advice it really worked for me

  • Oh this was great. Glad I searched around and found your blog . Dan you really are the man!!

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