I have just started thinking about buying a DVD recorder, and I have several questions, as follows: 1. Most DVD recorders I have seen use the MPEG-2 standard. However, Buy.com carries the Malata DIVA-2, which uses the WMV (Windows Media) standard. How would the two standards compare? It offers longer recording time, but I would not be interested if this resulted in a substantial loss of quality. I'm also concerned that discs recorded by this unit would not be playable in other DVD players, as they presumably would not recognize the WMV standard. 2. Do many television programs prevent DVD recording, either through "record never" or "record once" flags? I've never had any problem recording anything with my Dish PVR, but a DVD might be subject to more restrictions. 3. How "fragile" is a DVD-R? CD-R's seem to be more vulnerable than a regular CD (in terms of more easily being ruined by scratches); is the same true for DVD-R? I welcome any comments and recommendations. Thanks in advance. Steve K.