No and no.
by R. Proffitt - 5/3/12 9:42 PM
In Reply to: Do I need a DVD recorder with a built in digital tuner? by medsizedog
The directtv content is copy protected. No tuner is needed but the content may not be allowed to be copied out.
It's a common question and you make me wonder why they didn't just answer with no or tell you more.
Here's a note on hookup -> http://forums.directv.com/pe/elementDisplayRedirect.jsp?elementID=10483657
And no, it should not be HD quality. That stuff is protected.