Having read about the arival of DVD recorders being iminent. The Philips in a couple of weeks and a Panasonic machine around Oct. I searched the web for details and found plenty of info on the philips DVD recorder but nothing about the Panasonic. I e-mailed Panasonic for info and about when to expect to see them here in the UK. There reply was that there is no machine planned in the near future for the UK. I then read in the Home Cinema mag that a Panasonic DVD recorder should arrive here in the UK around October this year. The model number was included and the Home Cinema Mag have done a limited revue on a sample machine that was provided. I e-mailed Panasonic again to see if they could clarify the conflicting facts. Their Reply. None at all. Will Panasonic let Philips get a hold of the DVD recorder market by not shipping a machine any time in the near future. I cannot believe they can be that mad. I also phone JVC UK to ask about there likely plans for a DVD recorder. They denied any knowledge about the fact that there are at least three different DVD recorder formats coming out. They could not state which format they would be producing because as far as they new there was only one format. What a load of tosh.