That's an interesting one. Sounds like a quirk/bug. The thing is - you don't need to hit pause in that situation. Just hit the record button, and it'll record whatever is in the buffer. If you start watching a show, and the show is, say 15 minutes in, and then you hit record, the DVR will go back to the start of the show (or to the start of the buffer if the start of the show is not in the buffer) and record from that point on. I do that alot when I'm watching TV and I'm starting to get tired, but the show I'm watching is interesting. I'll just hit the record button and go to bed. The DVR is smart enough to go back and record from the beginning; again, as long as the beginning is in the buffer - one thing to keep in mind - the buffer is 90 minutes long, but when you change the channel, the buffer refreshes.