Same issue here: My kids recorded a ton of I Love Lucy episodes during the "Heartland" preview. A week later when it ended none of the episodes were viewable due to the "you're not subscribed to this channel" error.
The issue changed a bit for me. I have not had any further issues when watching something previously recorded on a channel I no longer have. However, I believe the issue still remains in two areas:
- If you have timer set and later cancel the channel it will continue to try to record those episodes but you will only get a black screen. This seems to be an error in that it allows unsubscribed timers to still operate and only capture a black screen.
- I experienced a problem transferring recordings from one Hopper (being replaced) to an external drive and back to a new Hopper. I had recordings from Cinemax (no longer subscribed) that made it fine. However, my transfers from Heartland channels came up as errors.
After some arm twisting I got the CSR to give me a free subscription for a month to Heartland so that my kids could watch their episodes. Otherwise, he had no idea what I was talking about.
So long story short, the issue still seems to be present in certain situations good luck talking with the front end CSR's about it.