I'm getting fed up with DVD players that seem to be going bad within 1 year to year and a half of time. I've went through various brands and models from LG, Magnavox, Cyberhome (2 exact models, same issue), Panasonic (2 exact models, same issue), Aiwa and more. At first, I thought it was the DVD's themselves. But after trying new DVD players, those "defective" disks, worked like magic. Note that I'm using both store bought and DVD-R disks, that gets the same exact results. What am I doing wrong? Is the programming going bad? Are they not "perfected" yet? More so, should I throw them away and forget "stand alone" units all together? Does anyone have any input into this? I'd like to hear if you've seen anything on the web, news, etc., about this particular problem.