Hi There Panny users
Panasonic UK Cusomer Care have finally, after 10 weeks, answered my original query with them about compatible media, so here it is (not super-helpful, but never mind):-
[I]"Thank you for your email enquiry. Firstly, please accept my sincere apologies for the uncharacteristic delay in our response. Due to an unexpected increase in the number of contacts we have recently received, we have been unable to provide as quick a response as we would normally.
In response, we have been informed by our technical support team that you will be able to use disks up to 16x as long as they display the following:
You will need to ensure that they are disks specifically manufactured for use with domestic DVD players and recorders, and are not stated to be for 'Data or General Use', as these are PC disks and are not compatible with the unit. We recommend the use of disks manufactured for Panasonic, TDK, JVC or Maxell, as disks from other manufacturers may not be fully compatible with our systems.
I trust that this information has been of assistance to you. However, of course, if you should have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone on 08705 357357 , by fax on 01344 853213 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to assist.
Seems like they are saying only use big name brands & only those disks that are specifically described as being suitable for DVD video recorders.