I'm toying with the idea of getting a DVD recorder for two purposes. 1) Transferring old cine/video material from VHS tapes 2) Archiving some stuff from Tivo. Looking at all the comments here it would appear that Philips and Pana offer some basic models that would probably fit the bill. Are there any gotchas that I should be aware of given the purposes listed above. I won't be using for time shifting - I'll continue to use the Tivo for that. I want to burn to DVD-R/+R so DVD-RAM and it's time shifting capabilities are not that important nor is and DVD +/- RW Well I don't think so anyway.