I am thinking of changing the way the Television is being recorded in my household, and potentially the way it is being supplied, currently we have NTL Digital, distributed around the house, a VCR and DVD player in two rooms. I was originally thing of purchasing a S-VHS VCR, but realised I would probably end up having to purchase two of these if we wanted compatibility. (I watch a lot of Motorsport and my wife will general watch something else on VCR or DVD in another room) I am also thinking of switching to SKY+ which of course does change recording ability, but we do like to keep certain programmes and thus would want to transfer to another media other than hard disk. I am therefore thinking of swapping from VCR to recordable DVD (Panasonic DMR-E30) but I am totally confused and have the following questions : 1) Will DVD-R & DVD-RW recording completed on the E30 play on other DVD players, currently Pioneer DV545 and Toshiba SD120E ? 2) Can I transfer recording from Sky+ to the E30 and what will the quality be like ? 3) Will the E30 record in 5.1 ? i.e. I record a movie from one of the Sky 5.1 channels onto the Sky plus hard disk and then transfer to DVD-R with full 5.1 sound ? 4) If 5.1 sound cannot be recorded on the E30 are there any other DVD recorders that can ? 5) I assume DVD-Ram is not compatible with normal DVD players 6) Does the E30 have any form of Satellite control for automatic channel switching ?. I assume it must have a built in tuner for terrestrial TV Any help that can be provided in response to the above would be gratefully appreciated.