To be honest, I only ever watch stuff through my VM box - I can watch channels 1,2,3,4 (no 5 :p), but the reception’s so crap with the regular aerial that I watch those channels off the cable.
It’s generally needed to record stuff to watch later or at another time. I doubt I’ll be watching something whilst recording something else
The reputation of the Sony with +R media’s a bit worrying, as I generally do use +R more than -R.
Also, my mum has a Philips player (slightly newer than my current one), and it’d be nice to record stuff from VM channels she doesn’t have, for her to watch…so the thing about compatibility with other makes is something to think about, as well.
LOL, looks like I’ll be going for another Philips?
Forgot to mention: my budget is about Â£200, Â£250 tops. So if there’s anything else on the Curry’s site you’d recommend, don’t hesitate.