You've answered your own point. HBO makes it easy for current subscribers to watch shows they missed. Shows are scheduled multiple times and many shows are available via VoD. HBO Go lets you watch shows on other devices. Most of us don't think it's dishonest to archive our shows. Evidently HBO doesn't agree archiving isn't something they want you to do. You're assuming you're permitted to archive programs. HBO sells DVDs for many of their popular programs. Using the CCI flag is a way of HBO telling you archiving is not permitted. You have to pay (via DVD, ITunes...) if you want to be able to archive. Extremely motivated people will be able to work around the restrictions. Most people will go with the solutions offered by HBO. The HBO options, VoD and HBO Go benefit far more customers then the relatively few who own a tivo and who use those features. HBO is taking care of their customers who want the ability to watch on other devices.