It seems such a step backwards to go back to SD recordings on a standard SD Sky+ box too.
We use Planet estream for this, absolutely brilliant piece of kit, works as a free view recorder and video encoder as well as loads more.
Planet eStream - Video Capture & Archiving, Digital Signage, Live TV
Not that cheep but worth every penny.
Copyright law is stupid and archaic.
Shan't be nicking any of those dodgy alien shows off of History then!
I did think it was the case, and (as far as work stuff goes) if I have to use some technical jiggery-pokery to make it work, I generally file it as illegal and I won't be doing it.
You are right though. In a time when DVR and online Catch-up are as common as watching live, the copyright laws are pretty antiquated!
If you have an ERA+ licence, you can share with other ERA+ licence holders. If you missed something, the chances are that someone, somewhere, got it. ClickView Exchange is a Cloud sharing system based on this premise.
Oh, and yes, the law is an ass.