Daryl has DirecTV and he used to be able to record things via a DVD recorder, but now he's getting errors because of what they claimed was copy protection. Leo says that's a sad addition, and providers are increasingly paranoid about piracy to the point where they consider everyone a pirate.
Leo says he could use the analog hole via the RCA or composite jacks, but if that's not working, it could be the recorder itself. Leo advises going to AVSForum.com to get tips and tricks on how to troubleshoot it. He should look for his specific hardware.