I am a subscriber to the America's Top 150 package on Dish Network. The AT150 package includes west coast feeds of The Movie Channel (TMC) and The Movie Channel Extra (TMCX). According to the ShowtimeOnline website, these channels should be DD5.1 for selected movies. However, I recorded (on my DishNetwork PVR501) a movie from TMCX the other evening, and when I began to play it back, the blue light on my receiver did not light up. Does DishNetwork actually broadcast these channels in DolbyDigital? I was hoping to have found an unexpected bonus of my PVR501 purchase, but it appears that these channels may be broadcast by DishNetwork only in stereo, not in DD5.1. The movie I recorded was "The General's Daughter", which supposedly was in DD5.1. A second question, assuming that DishNetwork does in fact transmit DD5.1 for these channels, is about my connnection method. I have the cable from the Dish fed into a surge protector, then I have a cable from the surge protector into my PVR501. I don't notice any degradation of the signal, but would I lose the DD5.1 signal since the incoming cable is no longer directly connected to the PVR5.1? I wouldn't think this would make a difference, but it might. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks. Steve K.