There seems to be a lot of confusion about this. Some have reported they cannot playback on a Hopper premium content saved on an EHD if they no longer subscribe to that channel. This was apparently a bug which was reportedly fixed in 209 (can anyone in this forum confirm?). Otherwise Hopper works the same all all Dish DVRs. You can record premium content, unsubscribe, and still play back that content. I recorded the Game of Thrones marathon on HBO during the preview a few weeks ago on my Hopper. I don't subscribe to HBO, yet everything I recorded plays back fine, just as it did in the past on my old 722.