|Originally posted by rickster904
Coming from a forum for DVD authoring and burning, I can say a lot of PC users use the Pioneer 104/105 burners, which is DVD-R only. (Pioneer has since release the 106, which is dual formats.) I estimate currently over 70% of PC users use DVD-R just because of the popularity of the Pioneer 104/105 burners.
Most players support both formats - probably slightly more support DVD-R. We'll also see more burners supporting both formats. Media cost is very close. I really don't see either format dying in 2-3 years.
In the PC world, the Pio DVR-105 seems to be the most reliable and consistent burner on the market. Plus Pioneer seems to be pretty good about not EOLing drives firmware-wise for quite a while. (I believe the 103 and 104 were getting firmware updates until quite recently.) Meanwhile, Sony has already EOLed the DRU-500 (i.e. no more firmware upgrades.)
The Best Buy salesperson is clueless. DVD-R happens to be the official DVD recording standard backed by the DVD Forum, so I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon. Sony and Philips don't exactly have the best track record as far as winning format wars - The only time they've been successful is when there was no "format war" (for Philips the CD). Think Beta.