Bought this about a year ago. It's a very good machine. The integrated tv guide makes setting up recordings very easy. A disappointment was that although it can read movies off an SD card, it can't write them to it. I'd hoped to use this to move recordings onto another hard disk attached to my computer. At the time of purchase, this I believe was the best value and featured recorder of its type. Editing programme names and making other changes is a pain because you obviously lack a mouse and keyboard. If I was to look for something similar today, I'd seriously consider buying a Mac mini with EyeTV. I've subsequently bought EyeTV for my iMac and it means you can record digital TV on your Mac. Once recordings are on your Mac, it's much easier to edit. You can also easily add hard disk space. A Mac mini and EyeTV would cost you perhaps £250 more but essentially you'd get a real computer with iTunes, email and Internet for that difference.
Panasonic offers the DIGA series DVD recorder - the DMR-EX87 - that offers 1080p image quality in both recording and playback, easy operation, and improved networking capabilities. This model comes equipped with the HDMI terminal, which allows easy, single-cable connection to compatible equipment. It also offers Panasonic's proprietary VIERA Link functions for linked operation of other AV devices. By combining intelligent I/P Conversion and 1080p Up-Conversion technologies, DIGA's 1080p technology renders high-resolution 1080p images from DVD movies and TV broadcasts. The DMR-EX87 is equipped with a new digital tuner that achieves stable signal reception even under poor conditions. The tuner also prevents the generation of block noise, optimising the high image and sound quality of digital broadcasts. A special new damper is mounted closer to the HDD than in the previous models, which efficiently suppresses drive vibrations to prevent cabinet resonance. A unique Panasonic technology that optimises fan speed control has dramatically reduced fan noise, which also lowers overall operating noise. This special damper and reduced fan noise combine to give DIGA a whisper-quiet operating performance of 30 dBA. The DMR-EX87 is equipped with an SD Memory Card slot that enables a wide range of easy networking possibilities. Users can view movies recorded on a SD Memory Card or SDHC Memory Card by simply copying the content to the recorder's hard disk or to a DVD-RAM disc. The slot also makes it easy to transfer digital still photos or moving images from a SD card to the hard disk or a DVD-RAM disc. A DV input terminal makes it easy to upload moving pictures from a digital camera, and the pictures are saved in playlist format for easy retrieval, editing and archiving.