Isn't it the only place you get told something will NOT record?
As most folks probably only have one dvr, it seems they should use it more.
That's what The priority list is for. If something isn't going to record, it's because you have higher priority things you want to record. If you set up your locals First, and everything else second, you will get everything eventually because cable channels repeat just about everything they air. Half the time or more, if you mess with something in the to do list, you screw up the concept of having a priority list in the first place, and you will then have to manually record everything just canceled to change what's recording, because you manually stopped one recording from taking place to make sure another could. I haven't seen it lately, but several times in the past people where complaining about how the unit didn't record a latter airing, and nine times out of ten at least, it's because that person had changed what was being recorded via the to do list, instead of just changing the priority list. The to do list is a place to manually change things, everywhere else is telling the DVR what you want it to do and it figures out the rest on its own. Letting it do the work is far better and less likely to have you miss recordings.
At least that's my opinion and how it all works out from what I have seen.