It is a legal requirement for TiVo to obey/enforce the copy protection. Make no mistake. It is HBO that requires cable providers (MSOs) to turn on the no copy bit. (I think technically it's no copies allowed bit.) That is encoded in the signal that the MSOs deliver to us. It allows any DVR to record program, but you can't make copies of it. This really shouldn't be put on TiVo's Shoulders. They are simply making a DVR that complies with the current regulations. Now I've read elsewhere that there was a hacked ROM available for TiVoHDs that would circumvent* the copy protection, but it required replacing the chip on the TiVo motherboard. Have fun with that. I didn't think Starz was copy protected. I thought it was only HBO and Cinemax for the movie channels that were copy protected. Have you tried Showtime, The Movie Channel, or Epix? I don't believe they are copy protected. *There are always high quality torrents available for current movies if you want to go that route.