Im new to all this but I have just invested in a Panasonic DMR-E85H HDD/DVD Recorder. I have a Sony IDTV (KD32DX40U) and Im having problems connecting the equipment up. What I want to know is if there is a clever way to set timer record functions without having to set a timer on the TV and the DVDR. There seems to be an intelligent link between the two pieces of harware (called SMARTLINK). I started recording something last night and when I went to turn the TV off onto standby a message appeared on the screen saying 'Recording - Are you sure you want to switch off?' Yes/No. If I choose yes the TV goes onto standby but I loose ability to record. If I choose No then I can record but have to have the TV on. Surely theres a way to record without having to set both timers (on TV and DVDR) and have the TV on standby. Ive set the AV2 on the Sony IDTV to TV. Then plugged AV2 into AV1 on the Panasonic. I noticed that AV2 on the Panasonic can be used with decoders and set top boxes etc, but when I used AV2 I couldnt get a picture (for the DVD player or menus) Maybe I am expecting too much but would like to know if theres a better way of setting this up. Please help!