As I suspected, we don't have a great use for the dvd player. The o/s rels hired some dvds to watch while they were here. I tried watching them, but they were a load of the proverbial. We have looked at some photos but apart from that, it has sat unused. Lucky that they are incredibly cheap now.
I was going to hold out for bit longer and get one that can record dvds and especially, has it's own hard drive. Then it can be used instead of the vcr for program shifting etc and I can copy old tapes onto dvds. I think I can do this? Can I?