I remember reading that DirecTV receivers have the ability to generate Macrovision, but I have never seen it before. However, this evening, by chance, I discovered that channel 854 (A 4th channel showing the sports schedule) appears to have the Macrovision (on some form of copy protection) turned on. When I acciendentally hit channel down by mistake and went to channel 854 I received a message from my DVD recorder that "copying of this material is not allowed." Further attempts to record channel 854 to DVD gave the same message. When the channel is viewed through a VCR the picture goes from dark to light and back in a repeat cycle, similar to Macrovision. Oddly, both my VCRs are still able to record the channel, but it's unwatchable as is. The dark to light cycle and DVD copy protection occurs even if the guide is being displayed with the picture in the small window, which may indicate that it is the receiver generating it? And it is the same on both my DirecTV receivers, one an RCA435 and the other a Hughes. Now, I have no need to record the sports schedule, especially since I don't watch sports. But could this mean that DirecTV is planning on using copy protection on other channels sometime in the near future?