I asked about this last fall. Darlene assured me that the Patmedia PVR takes no notice whatever of copy protection. I didn't smile any more than you probably aren't. Again, at the time, there was a lot of discussion on the AVR Forum site (for the Sony DD500) about the "conspiracy" of the cable companies to force customers to rent their low grade PVRs (forever, of course). I think the conspiracy theory is a bit much, but my evidence of falsehood would be for Patriot to fix this copy protect problem that there's no question that they've created. The harder I pressed, the more entrenched their management became. The temperature was pretty chilly by the time I gave up in mid Spring, this year. A little help from a bunch of you good folks would make some difference. I am sure I am the only person who protested.