If you use DVD-RAM discs, there’s a trick that lets you extend the maximum recording time by several minutes. Comes in handy when that football game you’re recording goes into overtime.
I added a tip to joe’s post about getting extra time on a DVD for Panny ES series machines. It works for RAM’s, -RW’s as well as -R’s. I don’t use + discs so I cant verify if it works for those also. The catch is you need a EZ series Panny recorder.