HI, I'm new to this forum - I'm about to purchase a DVD recorder and I'm thinking of the DMRE55 Panasonic. I need to be able to backup and edit my old VHS tapes (old TV recordings) -plus record from my SKYPLUS box(i.e. hard disc recorder so I don't see a need for a DVD recorder with hard disc). It says it records DVD-RAM and DVD-R - does that mean DVD-RW as well? I would also like to be able to lend some recordings to friends so its important that its compatable with most DVD players hence the need for the DVD-R facility. I also like the idea of basic editing -i.e. cutting off excess at beginning and end of programmes and removing ads. and swapping the order of material on the disc - so does this sound like this will do all of that or would people still recommend one with a hard disc even thoughI already have the Sky product?! Many thanks.