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Who do you think will win the format war?

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by Mark40, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Mark40

    Mark40 Member

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    I'm trying to make a difficult decision about which DVD Recorder to buy. Most of them seem to be very similar, except that half only record to DVD-R and DVD-RW, and the other half only record to DVD+R and DVD+RW.

    I have discovered that all Philips, Magnavox, and RCA DVD recorders and most (but not all) Sanyo DVD recorders record only to DVD+R and DVD+RW. On the other hand, Sony, Toshiba, Pioneer, and Emerson DVD Recorders only record to DVD-R and DVD-RW. And Panasonic DVD Recorders only record to DVD-R and DVD-RAM.

    Well, I don't want to end up with a DVD recorder that only records to a format that becomes obsolete. Back in the early 1980's, I bought a Beta VCR because when I bought it, Beta and VHS were equally popular, so I thought it didn't matter whether I bought a Beta VCR or a VHS VCR. But just a few years after I bought it, it started to get harder and harder to find movies on Beta, and now Beta VCR's are already as obsolete as 8-track tape players! So I don't want to make the same mistake again.

    I would like to hear everyone's opinions about whether you think the "minus" or "plus" format will become the dominant format in the future.
     
  2. Nephilim

    Nephilim Moderator Staff Member

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    Neither. Both formats will be with us until something else comes along :)
     
  3. colw

    colw Active member

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    The majority of current burners are dual format - that is they can burn - or + depending on the media used.

    As such there is no real problem re formats.

    Single format burners appear to be more common in craptops rather than real computers.
     

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