The term "paid services" is a disclaimer that the Panasonic will not unscramble services that require a cable or satellite box to view. Some of these services would be HBO or Showtime. "Paid services" may also use copyright encoding to thwart or limit DVD recording of copyrighted material delivered through a converter box. DVRs from service providers may allow recording to internal hard drives but are designed to prevent subsequent recording to DVDs.
If your Turner Classic Movies is located below channel 135 on either the analog or digital portion of your Comcast channels and is not scrambled you should be able to record it with a "cable-ready" connection to cable (without a cable box). If you require a cable box to receive TCM, or if TCM is above channel 135 you will need to enslave the DMR-EZ47V to the cable box. My Comcast digital cable box is always set to TCM (local Comcast channel 501) with two enslaved Panasonic DVD recorders so that I may record from TCM. When TCM programs my favorites (early talkies through the film noir era) in lengthy program blocks, I may set these two Panasonics to record in tandem. One of these Panasonics receives its signal through the RF input (coaxial cable) and the other receives its signal through the composite inputs (yellow, white, red) from the Motorola DTC700 cable box.
On a current model Panasonic combo recorder the front panel control for copying videotapes seems user-friendly. In reality the process is annoyingly cumbersome as the videotape plays until a videotape index mark or real or imagined program break is encountered. The videotape stops and the DVD recording stops at that point. The videotape rewinds briefly. Then the videotape starts playing and the DVD recording restarts as a new “title.”
There are workarounds, two of which require connecting an external VCR to an INPUT. These are discussed in this thread:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=983222
During my project dubbing around 5,200 home-recorded videotaped titles to DVD I used Panasonic models DMR-ES30V and DMR-ES35V (2005 and 2006 models, respectively) that offered FUNCTIONS menu-initiated dubbing/copying where Time Limited dubbing/copying and Flexible dubbing/copy may be selected. These essential features provided seamless recordings and allowed the Panasonics to do their work with very little supervision. These FUNCTIONS menu dubbing/copying methods are not available on Panasonic's current model combo recorders.