Here's my letter to Sony: "20 January 2005 Sony UK Dear Sirs SONY RDR-GXD500 DVD RECORDER SOFTWARE VERSION v1.00.01 I recently purchased the above unit. What attracted me to it was the fact that it had an integrated digital tuner. I am very happy with its performance generally but wonder if you may care to consider an enhancement. Setting the timer via the EPG is simple. However, there is no option to insert a buffer before or after the timer recording. This means that many of the programmes I record (unfortunately in excess of 80%) miss the last 60 seconds or so. As a result, I have to set items to record manually which defeats the purpose of the onboard EPG. During a timer recording, I can select "Extend Rec" if I happen to be home when the recording is made but it is not possible to do this during programming. Would it be possible to add this facility? It could be supplied to existing owners via a software download. I do hope you will give favourable consideration to this suggestion and I look forward to hearing from you in due course. Thank you for your assistance." I received a reply this morning, here it is: Of course adding a 1 or 2 minute buffer has nothing to do with the ins and outs of the EPG. What your thoughts, please?