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If you were a Sky TV customer and decided to leave, then any recordings on your Sky box from 'paid for' channels would be unavailable unless you re-subscribed , so it's pretty much an industry wide thing, stop paying, no access to pay TV, either 'live' or 'recorded'....chances are it's the content providers rules as much as the service provider.
You say you were not warned , but how did you quit ?, if you called to quit then I'm sure they would have tried to convince you to stay and losing the ability to watch existing recordings of pay TV programmes would be part of the 'script' they would use to try and keep you a subscriber, so presumably you didn't call and say you were thinking of leaving , you just left, and in those circumstances it's hardly the providers 'fault' you didn't make yourself aware of what you would lose access to.
In a way you should be happy that the BTTV box continues to work as a Freeview box, previous incarnations of the service would stop working completely if you stopped subscribing.