Remember joshjr, its intellectual property, so not all the normal "its in my possession so its mine stuff", applies. Owned or not, those dvr's arent good for much of anything without an active Directv subscription, nor should they be. Yes, people have found ways to make them work at least temporarily, but truthfully thats an unintentional loophole, and of course people are going to exploit it if they can. Like people buying R22's, getting them activated with their other HD equipment, then when they break, demanding HR2x replacements, and just saved themselves about $100.
Just in case that was a low blow to me on the R22, I had the R22 before we got locals here and they designated we were a MPEG 4 only market. I dont buy R22's for that reason. When and if I do buy, its usually a HR20-700 but somewhere down the road here I think I want to own my own HR34 or HR44.