Hi: I have returned to HTF after an absence of a few years. I am interested in purchasing a new machine which will replace both my VCR and my current DVD Player. I want this new unit to: 1. Be an excellent DVD player (I own a Direct-View Panasonic 32" TV which does not accept 480p but does have component video inputs). 2. Record from all channels that I subscribe to from my Cablevision Digital I-O Cable box for later viewing. I do not care about a TV guide. Manual scheduling of recording is fine for me since my cable box can be set to change channels. Therefore an IR Blaster is not necessary. 3. Once in a while, I might want to archive something important to DVD so I would like to be able to edit the content of the recorded material first. That is why I feel the HD is essential. Therefore my concern is that the HD is reliable and built to last. I am not interested in TIVO since my HT system is not located near a phone line. Since I was never into DVD recording before (my DVD player is almost six years old), I do not understand the various DVD formats (DV-R, DV+R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, etc.) and would appreciate an explanation. I was interested in the Panasonic DMR EH50 but got a bit turned off by some user-reviews and also by reading the manual online. Can anyone here give me some suggestions? Thanks.