I bought this brand-new unit on eBay in January. I have recorded a few movies with it, and played back many DVDs. A month ago I tried to record a movie off-air. I loaded a new DVD-R disc as usual, but when I pressed 'record' the display indicated it could not read the disc. This happens now with all discs, those I previously recorded, and commercial discs. Because I have no proof of original purchase, I cannot get it repaired by Panasonic under warranty. My local repairer suggests I throw it away and buy a new cheap model - since the cost of repair (most likely a complete new laser unit) would probably be more than the £100 I paid for it. I bought Panasonic because I thought as a major brand it would be reliable - and not pack up after 6 months. Anyone have any suggestions?