Having completed an exhaustive study of the available DVD recorders from just about every source imaginable I have finally decided that I will go down the route of the Panasonic Ram recorder. The consensus seems to be that whereas it may in the end not win out to DVD+RW it is nonetheless the ideal replacement for the home video recorder. What really swung it for me apart from the versatility of the medium i.e. time slip, superior record quality etc. was the way it handles disk space. I did not realise with the Philips unit that whilst you can delete watched or unwanted material, the machine does not automatically re-use the space created by the deletion. In fact it works very similar to a video tape recorder in that one has to cue the machine to the available space and make very sure that what you intend to record is not longer than the deleted space. If it is, then like video tape recorders the machine will overwrite whatever happens to come next on the disk. Not what you want to happen to your favourite program right in the middle of the disk - again just the same bind as with video tape. The Panasonic however simply locates available space without overwriting your favourite programme. Also you can still archive to a -R disk which can be used in almost all other DVD equipment. I am sure others will not agree with my choice and will have some comments of their own, which I am sure will have similar validity.