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I have the Sima ct-200, which is no longer made. Never had to use it for that purpose, though. But others here say it works just fine. So do the two you mentioned.
The Video Filter is probably the better of the two, if you don't mind paying more. But either one will suffice if you're just recording standard definition TV.
Thing is, once you have it, you have it. So if you ever switch providers, you shouldn't have to worry. Plus, if they ever completely crack down on them like jjeff said, you'll have it.
It's also good for copying pre-recorded DVD's or putting VHS tapes on DVD.
(As far as Dish not CP'ing, someone in another thread said that they called them, and they were told they don't have any plans on doing that. Now, I don't know how reliable that is, because different CSR's from Dish always tend to tell you different things, but at least it's not there now.)