Im planning to purchase a dvd recorder and the Philips DVDR985 and Panasonic DMR-E50 seems to be a good buy. My main purpose really is to record tv shows as well as transfer a ton of my old vhs tapes. The problem is that these tapes are copyrighted ( ie comic relief series etc. ) Everyone knows that these tapes will soon degrade. Will I be able to transfer them using these dvd recorders? I also have some stuffs burned unto CD-R discs...will I be able to transfer them to DVD using these recorders? If not is there a recorder out there which can do this?