Well heres what I do, attach my dvd recorder to my sky box, press play hit record on the dvd (DVD+RW disc), when finished copy the dvd+rw to my hard drive then tweak eg remove commericals, add menu etc
Attached stand-alone dvd recorder
DVD+/- RW disc
PC DVD-/+RW drive
Software: DVD Decrypter and TMPGEncDVDAuthor
Why don't you just get a VCR, record the programme, and capture it on your PC!? Saves a bundle trying to get a DVD recorder.
By the way, it makes me laugh the way Sky+ won't allow you to "copy" Sky Box Office movies, even though you can just play it normally and hit record yourself.