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You will still be able to use it but you'll have to set all the timers manually on the DVR, and also set the timers on the Direct tuner to change channels.
You will need to run the Direct tuner into a line input (L3) on the recorder to do this.
In other words, you won't be able to use the TV Guide on Screen feature of the E85H anymore (it doesn't work with satellite, only cable and over the air).
That's probably what they mean by "full functionality".
You will get some guide data from them with their tuner, and you can just go by that when you want to set manual timers on the recorder. But they will give you the first, non-DVR tuner free with their service - you certainly don't need their DVR to do the above (and the service charge that would accompany it).
So it all depends on whether you mind setting manual timers to record or not.
(Of course, if you're upgrading to HD service, you won't be able to record and playback in full resolution with the E85H.)