I use my 811 as a poor mans 921 and record to my Pioneer 520H DVDRecorder that is set up as a VCR with my 811. It has worked great as all I do is pick future shows in the guide to watch (just like my 510 upstairs) and select the recording to VCR. At the time of recording the 811 switches on (if off), to the correct channel and via VCR blaster it starts recording on my Pioneer 520H. This has worked great for me for like 6 months. Not today however. Just simply will not kick off the recording on the Pioneer 520H. If I take the Dish remote and select VCR and click record on it manually it works. If I setup a second timer on the Pioneer it works, but thats a bit more painful. The 811 and the Pioneer were both rebooted to see if that fixed anything. I changed the batteries in the Dish remote, it has not received a recent software update (still at 284), and I even factory defaulted it. No help. Anyone have opinions on what's up? The 811 is a December 03 model. It has worked fairly well up to this point.