Hi, I hope that perhaps Rasczak or some other sympathetic mod can answer this post. I have read as much as I can about DVD Ram R etc but would like some down to earth advice about where to go from here. Basically I have a computer and have backed up am lot of my movies from the original |DVDs before coming to Tenerife to live for a couple of years. I used a program called DVD shrink and DVD decrypter to solve the encryption etc. as I did not want to bring the original DVDs to Tenerife. My VCR has now packed in and I thought this would be the right time to upgrade to a DVD-R +HDD recorder. I would like to use the DVD+HDD recorder to archive films from satellite onto DVD-R disks. To be able to record series from satellite,(24 on Sky1 etc.etc.) and to edit out any adverts and to create a menu to choose which episode of whatever series I record, again to save to DVD-R discs. Lastly I would also use the HDD as a VCR to record and delete random programs as required. I read Rasczaks article about Authoring and his suggestions on a suitable DVD+HDD recorder and had settled on a Pioneer 420. Is this a suitable recorder and am I right in thinking that there are a lot of additional editing facilities in the RAM mode on these DVD recorders and that the additional Authoring software and DVD Ram capable PC Burner is advisable. As you can gather I am totally new to DVD+HDD recorders and would like advice on the above and also suggestions on perhaps facilities on these recorders which I dont know about. If Im spending £300+ I would rather know of any shortfalls or pitfalls now before I buy, in short I would appreciate any advice on additional facilities on these machines which you think are worth investing in now before I take the plunge. Thanks for any help you can give.