It seems this thread may be a bit behind the curve, at least insofar as the HDCP issue goes.
A couple of generally reliable VH members have posted that this unit works, but as I mentioned there I would still need an HTPC -- either equipped with its own capture card, or together with one of those separate Hauppauge units -- in order to test this out. I'm pretty sure there are now other reasonably priced stripper units on the market. Prior to this, there were of course the more pricey counter-HDCP solutions (only over Component ?), the HD-Fury and the one from Moone.
To date, I have only recorded off of my DirecTV receivers in SD, via the S-Video output to a standalone DVDR. In the last several months of doing that, the process was greatly hindered, either by that very annoying "wrong cables connected" message popping up, or much worse, spontaneous reboots of the D* receiver box within the first 30 minutes of transferring a 2-hour recording. I did not mind archiving to SD, as the tradeoff was a rather easy facility for removing commercials or other unwanted material, setting chapters, selecting thumbnails etc. in the DVDR. It also provided one easy step to DVD. If these glitches introduced by the later D* GUI or firmware cannot be overcome by my burgeoning collection of gizmos, well, I'm open to switching to an HD recording chain, if that's what it takes. Probably not
what those responsible for this SD roadblock had in mind . . . . (I did get the Lenking HDMI to S-Video and Component to S-Video converters as possible counter-measures, but my D* DVR-receivers croaked before I ever got around to trying them out, and I'm only just now in the process of replacing those receivers.)
In one of the threads I was reading about the Hauppauge boxes, someone mentioned a serious tech / PQ limitation that could be more of an issue than was the HDCP. Something about supported 'Profiles' ? I need to find that post again.
In the meantime, here's another thread that may be of some interest: