They're trying to discourage sharing...
There are three times when you may want to transfer the video from the DVR to DVD:
1.) To distribute copies of it to others, including over the internet, which is illegal.
2.) To copy it to portable devices to watch it on the road. This is discouraged since the movie studios want you to purchase the DVDs.
3.) To store a copy for the long term and be able to play it at your leisure. The logic here is that you can do that anyway by saving on the DVR, and otherwise they still want you to buy the DVD.
When it comes down to it, it's a calculated decision to reduce illegal distribution and increase DVD sales. Not all DVRs copy protect content all of the stored to them, but you must respect the protection if implemented.
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