Re the copying recordings to disc I have experienced the same problem as other users, ie that it is impossible to copy in High Speed mode. So I tried using the Advancved method as others have suggested but there there seems to be two problems here - You can only use -R discs and any recordings made in widescreen (16:9 ratio) seem to revert to the old 4:3 ratio when played on other DVD players.
This is ludicrous as all programmes are broadcast in 16;9 ration these days. Am i doing something wrong or is this machine really incapable of coping with preserving widescreen when dubbing to disc? Any answers/help would be very welcome.
I have discovered the answer to my earlier question and that is I had to change the playback settings to widescreen on the DVD player I was playing the discs back on.
In answer to your question I have a Virgin box but you should be able to record from your Sky+ box if you attach it via the AV2 scart socket, you should be able to play recordings on the HDD on any TV and the maximum recording time on the HDD or DVD disc depends on the recording quality setting (eg in Long Play you get max 4 hours on a DVD disc).
If you want to use a DVD+R blank disc for recording, the machine has to re-format this type disc to make it recordable, unlike the DVD-R blank disc doesn't require this. By placing DVD+R disc into machine, messages will pop-up, so just follow their instructions. Once formatting is done, you have a choice how many programs can you squeeze onto the disc? Maximum recordings will put around 6-8 hours onto a disc, but the picture quality will be effected. Ideally use SP or 'High Speed Recording' for best results as your only placing one program onto disc from the hard-drive.
You have a made a mistake. It is still in 16:9 but you need to select SD output in the DVD player NOT HD level output this returns aspect ratio controls of TV and DVD player locked out by HDMI at 1080 or 720p level. Screen will do uprez.