I have seen in some posts that people usually despise Philips DVDR due to several reasons. I think the choice of a DVDR depends on the use you are giving to it. That's why I chose Philips and, so far, I am still happy with it: - Main use: Archive more than 3,000 old classic films from VHS into DVD. For this, I wanted to put as many movies as possible into a single disc. Philips has the 8 hour / DVD feature, and that is what I use. Some could say that this is a poor resolution for a DVD, but I don't mind. These movies are usually black&white, with poor picture quality, a lot of noise and so on. So, it does not make a big difference to use a high resolution or a low one. It is surprising, but b&w movies do not lose much quality with the lowest resolution. In this way, I don't care about Flexible recording: I save everything in the 8 hour / disc format. - Time shift: It has a buffer very convenient to watch T.V. The machine remembers the last 2 - 6 hours, and you can move around it easily. You don't need to record this directly to the HDD. It works as soon as you swicth the machine on. - Supports Re-writable media (+RW) other than DVD-RAM (I don't like this). - Fast transfer from HDD to +R. I do not care that I cannot copy from DVD to HDD, since I don't need to use this. - Easy editing: Erase A-B, to remove commercials. I don't need more. - Fast DV from Camcorder. - Easy recording from ShowView. Therefore, the machine does its job. By the way, is there another machine with 8 hours / DVD recording format? I am only aware of the Panasonic 95, but since DVD-RAM is a showstopper for me, I would not go for it. Kisses. Rebecca.