Summary: Yu have been warned - don't buy a Philips product! It worked well for about a year them all of a sudden then it stopped being able to record. Philips service was no help at all. Philips does NOT stand behind their products and I will never give them a single penny of my money again.
Summary: What more can I say. I went back to my history to warn others of this terrible product with even worse customer service but I see many people have done so already. I purchased the Philips DVDR985 almost a year ago and it quit recording and began having problems reading disks about ten months after purchase.
Summary: For about a year it worked satisfactorily. After a year it failed and displayed different error codes which are not documented anywhere. I purchased a repair policy when I purchased the unit and thought it would be repaired in a reasonable amount of time. It has been FIVE MONTHS in the repair shop and still is not fixed. The repair shop says they have ordered 4 parts and another is on order. This unit should be recalled and replaced by Phillips.
Summary: I bought this dvd recorder through Amazon.Com about 1 1/2 years ago. It worked pretty well at first. I was able to transfer some of videos to dvd(personal use). They, Phillips company sent me an extended warranty policy offer for $200+ just before the warranty expired. I then began having problems with it. Did they know something that I didn't? I have been in contact with the company and their trouble shooters(in Jamaica).
Summary: For the last 3-4 years or so, I have been a devoted Philips customer- bought a TiVo when they were brand new, 2 different Philips/Magnavox TVs, newer Series 2 TiVo, and this DVD Recorder. After my experiences with this DVD recorder over the last year or so, I will never buy another Philips product again (if I can help it). I am completely unable to watch DVDs on this unit, much less record them.
Summary: When I first purchased this product a little over a year ago, I paid about $800. I had thought the price was justified by all the slick features, quality and the recording capabilities. The unit worked fine for the first 3-4 months and then it started displaying error messages that gradually got worse over time. I would be recording my favorite TV show and then suddenly, the unit would stop recording.
Summary: THE PHILIPS DVDR985 DVD RECORDER WORKED FINE FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS. AFTER THESE COUPLE OF MONTHS IT BEGAN SHOWING "DISK ERROR, DISK WARNING, NO DISC, STRANGE CODES, FREEZING VIDEO, OVERHEATING, AND INCORRECT CLOCK SETTINGS. I SENT IT TO BE FIXED. IT WORKED "OKAY" FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS, OCCASSIONALLY SHOWING THESE ERRORS. AS OF DECEMBER 2003, IT BEGAN TO BREAK DOWN AGAIN. IT IS NOT WORTH IT TO FIX IT, ESPECIALLY IF THE WARRANTY HAS RUN OUT. I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT.
Summary: LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, I LAID OUT A LOT OF MONEY FOR ONE OF THESE WHEN THEY FIRST CAME TO MARKET. IT WORKED OK FOR A WHILE, BUT THEN (AS SEEMS TO BE THE PATTERN) IT TOOK ON A QUIRKY NATURE THAT CONTINUED TO DETERIORATE UNTIL THE MACHINE BECAME NEXT TO USELESS. MYSTERIOUS "DISC ERRORS" PREVENTED THE PLAYING OF DISCS THAT I KNEW TO BE PERFECTLY GOOD AND IT LOST THE ABILITY TO ERASE DVD-RW. TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS I REPLACED THIS PIECE OF JUNK WITH A PANASONIC DMR-E80H.
Summary: Like many in here who have posted already, the Philips DVDR985 worked fine at first, sort of. I've wasted many $$ on dvd media that did not work in the unit, only to find out later it wasn't the media that was bad, it was the unit. I've called and emailed customer no-service. Don't waste your time. I wrote a letter to the CEO- haven't heard back, probably won't. I now own a very expensive and useless piece of equipment.