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post #2761 of 2957
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

^^^
thanks but when I try that code I get "There was a problem The promotional code you entered is not valid."
I tried it with the above +Rs and thinking maybe I couldn't stack the deals I tried it on some -R Verbs but got the same error code confused.gif
Is this code only good on the 4th?

That's the same code I got from Newegg. It says "Only available while funds last. Promo code expires on 7/04/2012 or sooner based on fund availability."
post #2762 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

I think the Google search is gone from the forum.
You can tell Google to only give results from this forum by adding site:avsforum.com at the end of your search words. Check out this demonstration.
Thanks for the tip smile.gif

Dooh redface.gif I was trying the code at Amazon rolleyes.gif no wonder it didn't work biggrin.gif Thanks Ken F!
post #2763 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

That's the same code I got from Newegg. It says "Only available while funds last. Promo code expires on 7/04/2012 or sooner based on fund availability."

I just tried it on the Verb D/L media and it worked. You have to be logged in to your account at Newegg before you can apply the discount.
post #2764 of 2957
There is PHILIPS BD-R25GB 6X BLU-RAY SM 25PK CAKE being sold for $20.99 over at Amazon.com. This is actually Sold by CDP Outlet and Fulfilled by Amazon.com. I brought a couple of spindles a few months ago from the same company for about $5 more per spindle. These turned out to be great discs, with no burning problems. I just brought 2 more to get free shipping.

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post #2765 of 2957
^^^What is the media code? I bought a spindle of Phillips white-top BD-R a while ago and the disk ID was actually CMCMAG. I have been using Optical Quantum BD-R and their media ID is actually Phillips.
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

^^^What is the media code? I bought a spindle of Phillips white-top BD-R a while ago and the disk ID was actually CMCMAG. I have been using Optical Quantum BD-R and their media ID is actually Phillips.

Yes they are CMCMAG. As I said no burning problems with these discs. I only burn burning them as data discs.

There is a 25 & 50 pack of Optical Quantum BD-R's being Sold by RunTechMedia and Fulfilled by Amazon.com. The 25 pack is $19.95 & the 50 pack is $37.95. The 25 pack gets a 4 star rating from 63 reviewers. The 50 pack get a 3.5 rating from 18 reviewers. One of the complaints I see is people saying how thin the disc have gotten from before. I thought about buying the 50 pack but have not pulled the plug yet.
post #2767 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Chingu808 View Post

Yes they are CMCMAG. As I said no burning problems with these discs. I only burn burning them as data discs.
There is a 25 & 50 pack of Optical Quantum BD-R's being Sold by RunTechMedia and Fulfilled by Amazon.com. The 25 pack is $19.95 & the 50 pack is $37.95. The 25 pack gets a 4 star rating from 63 reviewers. The 50 pack get a 3.5 rating from 18 reviewers. One of the complaints I see is people saying how thin the disc have gotten from before. I thought about buying the 50 pack but have not pulled the plug yet.

Odd this is. Whenever I buy that media from Newegg, it's always Philips as the ID. Bought one from Amazon through that RunTechMedia and it's CMC. I think I'll stick to Newegg on these.

I know a lot of people don't care for Memorex, but, I've used a few of the Memorex 4x BDR (Ritek ID) and they seem to write better than the Optical Quantum. Had some about 9 months now and haven't lost any data on them (like some say happens to Ritek).
post #2768 of 2957
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Originally Posted by badboi View Post

Odd this is. Whenever I buy that media from Newegg, it's always Philips as the ID. Bought one from Amazon through that RunTechMedia and it's CMC. I think I'll stick to Newegg on these.
I know a lot of people don't care for Memorex, but, I've used a few of the Memorex 4x BDR (Ritek ID) and they seem to write better than the Optical Quantum. Had some about 9 months now and haven't lost any data on them (like some say happens to Ritek).

The Phillips CMC were from CDP Outlet thru amazon.com. As I said so far so good. But these are only for backups from my Korean
Dramas on my hard drives. I am thinking about picking up the Optical Quantum 50 pack from RunTechMedia thru Amazon.com. Newegg is
not a option since they charge shipping to where I live. As well as Supermedia.com. Only option is shipping them to a Aunt in Ca. But
I rather not do that. I already ship JVC (TY) 8X 100 spindles to her as it is.
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BD-R are not dye based and use a solid state recording layer. From what I have read there is much less media-quality variations with BD-R than there is with DVD-R. For me, it's just that CMCMAG was always the bottom feeder of DVD media so they leave a bad taste and I would rather avoid them even with BD-R.

I've burned/verified well over 100 Optical Quantum 4X BD-R (silver logo top) that I bought from Supermedia Store. I've had only 1 fail to verify and that was my fault -- tried to burn a 4X disk at 6X. I use them as backups for the media on my servers so they don't get played, just stored and only handled if I need to reload something. I have checked some of the earliest burns and the content loads to my server without error.
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Are Verbatim VX discs any good? There isn't much to choose from in quality ink-jet printable media. I usually buy TYG02s but today I noticed these Verbatim AZO 16X DVD-Rs at SMS.
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I've never used Verbatim white printable top DVDs but since they are AZO I wouldn't worry about them, AZOs are top notch, it's just the life series that are a lower grade.
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http://www.amazon.com/Verbatim-97460-Branded-Recordable-100-Disc/dp/B003ZDNZT2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&coliid=ILCR7YKNJO3Z2&colid=2FOFVDA67L13W
This was $27.99 just yesterday when I put it in my wish list, 21% drop today(($21.99) just ordered 2 smile.gif BTW it's only for the FFP packaging......
If interested (-R AZO) I'd order today, the way Amazon works it will probably be back up tomorrow rolleyes.gif free shipping for orders over $25
post #2773 of 2957
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

http://www.amazon.com/Verbatim-97460-Branded-Recordable-100-Disc/dp/B003ZDNZT2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&coliid=ILCR7YKNJO3Z2&colid=2FOFVDA67L13W
This was $27.99 just yesterday when I put it in my wish list, 21% drop today(($21.99) just ordered 2 smile.gif BTW it's only for the FFP packaging......
If interested (-R AZO) I'd order today, the way Amazon works it will probably be back up tomorrow rolleyes.gif free shipping for orders over $25
Youch! 47 one star (unacceptable) reviews. That must mean SOMETHING, but what? That's about 15%.
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I've purchased many of these spindles without 1 failed burn confused.gif Note quite a few of those 1 star reviews are many years old, some are newer but many are old. AZO Verbs are my discs of choice, mainly because I detest the fingerprint magnet top Tys tongue.gif although if your spindle is getting a little dirty the Tys are probably the best way to go.
post #2775 of 2957
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

I've purchased many of these spindles without 1 failed burn confused.gif

I reluctantly stopped using them after encountering higher-than-average failed burns in my Pioneer DVD/HDD recorders. The killer for me was discovering additional retroactive issues, where the discs seemed to burn fine but a few weeks later the people I had burned them for reported skips and freezes. My friends and family all have decent, current hardware so I have to assume its the discs. They just aren't ideal for my Pioneer 531, 540, 450, and 460. To avoid headaches, I pay double for the 8x Verbatim DataLifePlus thru supermediastore.

Before Super Eye swoops in to remind me his Pioneer 550-based Sony RDR-HX780 recorder has absolutely no problem whatsoever burning anything he loads into it (including these Amazon Verbatims), I'll add the usual "YMMV" disclaimer. These are good discs for most people when burned in a PC, and they work fine in Panasonic and Magnavox rrecorders. They just don't do so well in my Pioneer recorders: I try a new spindle every couple months just for the heck of it. They inevitably end up burned in my PCs instead.
Edited by CitiBear - 7/27/12 at 3:04pm
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IMO Amazon reviews are totally useless. Here is an example from a review of these discs.

Buyer Beware!, June 9, 2012
…These new disks, the 97460, have very similar packaging but that's where the comparison ends. They are manufactured for Verbatim by Ridata,…

Huh? The 97460 100 pack is clearly marked as Verbatim “AZO” and only the Mitsubishi plants manufacture Verb AZO discs. I have not heard of Verb outsourcing the AZO plants to Ridata. It appears that many Amazon reviewers are on crack.

In the past I read reviews on Amazon for an identical piece of CE gear but the silver unit received a ton of negatives while the black unit received a bunch of positives. I am very familiar with the silver and black units and they are both identical – exactly the same piece of gear except the color. My only conclusion is that in many of these Amazon (and other website) reviews it’s the same disgruntled person doing most of the reviews, trying to make himself appear as a thousand unrelated consumers. In other cases I find that the reviewers are totally useless twits and give a bad review because of their own stupidity of not understanding how the product they bought works.

I witnessed both above examples here on this forum. Disgruntled about a certain piece of gear or media and trying to convince others on the forum that everyone else has the same bad experience / opinion of said gear or media.

For every single anonymous bad review you find on Verb AZO disc -I can show you an editorial from legitimate sources stating that Verb Azo discs are the best discs you can buy – along with 10,000 anonymous posters backing each editorial.

The verb AZO I used when I first got my deck in 2009 still work flawlessly and still report the same low error count as the day I recorded them.

Bottom line from me.
-If they don't work for you - take 'em back and never buy them again.
-if they work for you - enjoy.
post #2777 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Super Eye View Post

In the past I read reviews on Amazon for an identical piece of CE gear but the silver unit received a ton of negatives while the black unit received a bunch of positives. I am very familiar with the silver and black units and they are both identical – exactly the same piece of gear except the color.

I've noticed this pattern as well: over and over again. Sometimes the black is favored over the silver, but either way one color will get 90% great reviews while the other gets 90% negative. I've also seen the pattern you mentioned where many (demented?) people will actually seek out every single product of a given brand and post the same exact negative review for each. It doesn't seem to matter that they get called out on it when its glaringly obvious (such as posting a camera review for a pocket voice recorder). Sony seems to be the biggest target of this practice on Amazon. Of course, often you get the reverse craziness: intelligent, positive reviews get slagged as being "shills" for the mfr. At least if its a popular item, you can quickly gauge the majority user experience by weeding out the clearly insane reviews from the other 200.
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In other cases I find that the reviewers are totally useless twits and give a bad review because of their own stupidity of not understanding how the product they bought works.

Constantly. They say a camera is crap and doesn't work, then you find out they never charged the battery (or better, they tried to take pictures of someone on stage from 300 feet distance with a flash the size of their fingernail). Or they give a $400 laptop one star because it lacks a feature unavailable on any laptop below $1200 (or if it comes with a current OS three generations newer than their Windows ME computer, they complain its incompatible with their ten year old $50 inkjet). They buy a printer on sale for 50% off, then give it one star because it didn't include a $2 USB cable. The biggest fools are the ones who do no prior research at all, order an expensive 50" television, and when it arrives missing a connection they need they rip the TV as "total crap". You know, because its so much cheaper to buy a giant TV on a whim and have it delivered by UPS from a warehouse 2000 miles away (instead of just hitting a local discount chain during a sale weekend). Then they whine about what a PITA it is to ship the thing back for exchange. No wonder Amazon posted record breaking losses this past year: the endless TV returns alone must eat them alive.
post #2778 of 2957
SuperMediaStore, thru Aug 8: JVC/TY DVD-R 8X Prem Silvertop, 100/plastic wrap pkg, $25.99. Order 2 or more & get free shipping! Sadly, no good deals on wallets now, they musta sold out of the little Linkyo ~100 at $4.xx/ea recently.

Amazon, who knows how long or brief: Verbatim AZO DVD-R 16X , 100 for $21.99, as of a few minutes ago in either Retail or Amazon Frustration Free packaging(whatever that is).
Edited by dvrtyro - 8/6/12 at 4:19pm
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Atnn SuperEye biggrin.gif Future Shop(at least the one in T.B. ON) has Verbatim AZO 50 spindles for $10.99(normally $24.99 rolleyes.gif) I picked up a couple on my yearly Canadian vacation. I kind of forgot about the higher Canadian tax so in the end they ended up costing my $24.84, still not a bad deal for 100 AZO Verbs smile.gif
Not sure if all FS's have this deal but I'd think so. SKU# 10076422 95101
post #2780 of 2957
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

Atnn SuperEye biggrin.gif Future Shop(at least the one in T.B. ON) has Verbatim AZO 50 spindles for $10.99(normally $24.99 rolleyes.gif) I picked up a couple on my yearly Canadian vacation. I kind of forgot about the higher Canadian tax so in the end they ended up costing my $24.84, still not a bad deal for 100 AZO Verbs smile.gif
Not sure if all FS's have this deal but I'd think so. SKU# 10076422 95101

$10.99 for 50 Verb AZOs is a good deal jjeff.
Fortunately for me, my local drug store, less than a block away has them for $12.99 from time to time and I’m pretty stocked up.

One thing is sure; many Canadian retailers still sell Verb AZOs.tongue.gif And there are plenty of sales.biggrin.gif

Regarding the tax, this varies province by province and I believe in Ontario the combined Federal and Provincial tax for DVD-R is 13 percent. I believe there are forms that you can fill-out and if you prove that you are a US resident (which you are) I believe you can get the tax money back. This may not be worth the hassle depending on your finical situation and the amount of free time you have.
post #2781 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

BD-R are not dye based and use a solid state recording layer. From what I have read there is much less media-quality variations with BD-R than there is with DVD-R. For me, it's just that CMCMAG was always the bottom feeder of DVD media so they leave a bad taste and I would rather avoid them even with BD-R.
I've burned/verified well over 100 Optical Quantum 4X BD-R (silver logo top) that I bought from Supermedia Store. I've had only 1 fail to verify and that was my fault -- tried to burn a 4X disk at 6X. I use them as backups for the media on my servers so they don't get played, just stored and only handled if I need to reload something. I have checked some of the earliest burns and the content loads to my server without error.

The Optical Quantum OQBDR04LT 4X 25 GB BD-R Single Layer Blu-Ray Recordable Blank Media at Amazon.com just dropped to $16.99 a spindle. Just purchased 2 to get free shipping.
post #2782 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Chingu808 View Post

The Optical Quantum OQBDR04LT 4X 25 GB BD-R Single Layer Blu-Ray Recordable Blank Media at Amazon.com just dropped to $16.99 a spindle. Just purchased 2 to get free shipping.
Sweet deal, thanks.
I think I'll pick up a couple spindles as well.
post #2783 of 2957
If thats a 25 pack(looked through listing several times and could NOT find a description saying how many discs were in a spindle rolleyes.gif) it's less than good DVD DL media goes for! if only the BDs would play in my many DVD players. Personally I don't like BD players, none have multi disc resume(even when playing DVDs) and if the BD has Java even plane old resume doesn't work!!

I was watching a commercial BD the other day(Young Frankenstein that I picked up for $5 new) and for me the whole BD experience left a sour taste in my mouth. First it took FOREVER for the thing to load, flashing between loading and HDMI(as it synched with my TV multiple times). Playing the disc went OK but at one time I accidentally pushed FUNCTIONS on my player at which point the disc stopped and the functions menu came up. When I pushed PLAY the damn disc started at the beginning(not just the beginning of the movie but all the F#*&%$G FBI warnings)! What seemed like forever later I was finally able to start my movie again(of course from the beginning of the movie since BD is so stupid it forgets its place all the time) mad.gif Of course since BD players are so rudimentary they lack a basic DVD function(search to time) so I had to navigate with chapters and the search function! From a simple wrong button push it took me almost 5 minutes to get back to my resume point. Compare this to DVD where it would have taken me only a matter of seconds, even from a full eject it would have taken less than a minute.

After the movie I tried to watch all the extras, what a bunch of crap that was. YF had probably 20 different extras which took lots of time between each one as my TV screen would go blank and the player would flash HDMI between each extra. I figure I lost probably 10 minutes as I tried to navigate all the extras. 10 minutes may not seem like a lot but when your waiting to be able to make the next selection it seems like forever.

As much as I envy the capacity of BDs personally I'll stick with DVDs as long as physically possible. Not that I don't appreciate the full HD experience of BD but to me most of the time it's just not worth all the hassle. Oh and before anyone blames it on my player, it's a fairly recent Panasonic and probably middle of the line(not one of the cheap crap BD players that you might expect to give you trouble).

BTW if anyone sees a good deal(~$20-22 shipped)/spindle for AZO Verbs please post it. It seems like it's been quite some time since I've seen them that low(Amazon was running them on sale for that regularly 8?? months ago) and black friday seems like it's going to be a bust for cheap blanks. I think someone had the Life series for ~$20 but for me to purchase those they'd have to be <$15 which again I haven't seen in a while. To me it seems like blank DVDs are basically dead and the few sales(if you can even call it that) are just for the CMC junk frown.gif I think BB has Memowrex discs for $30/spindle this week....... ya I'll jump right on that rolleyes.gif
Edited by jjeff - 11/16/12 at 10:45am
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Wow jjeff your Blu-Ray experience sounds horrific. No disc resume what’s so ever and those awful load times and hand shake issues? I haven’t jumped on the BD wagon yet and your post is further discouraging me from doing so.
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

BTW if anyone sees a good deal(~$20-22 shipped)/spindle for AZO Verbs please post it. It seems like it's been quite some time since I've seen them that low(Amazon was running them on sale for that regularly 8?? months ago) and black friday seems like it's going to be a bust for cheap blanks.

How about 50 for $12.99 walk in price for me?
Not sure how much shipping will cost you but may be worth checking?

http://www.londondrugs.com/Verbatim%20DVD-R%204.7GB%2016X%20-%2050%20pack%20-%2095101/L1374537,default,pd.html?start=8&cgid=computers-drivesstorage-blankmedia&srule=Name%20Z-A
post #2785 of 2957
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Originally Posted by Super Eye View Post

Wow jjeff your Blu-Ray experience sounds horrific. No disc resume what’s so ever and those awful load times and hand shake issues? I haven’t jumped on the BD wagon yet and your post is further discouraging me from doing so.
Don't get me wrong, when you watch a well mastered disc on a HDTV Blu-Ray looks very nice but it's all the other crap that goes along with BR thats very frustrating. I guess if one has basic needs or is use to a very basic DVD player you might not notice all the missing features but thats not me. To me coming from VHS(and Beta to a lesser degree) DVD was a nice upgrade in features, using BR is a large step backwards(again except for picture quality).
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Originally Posted by Super Eye View Post

How about 50 for $12.99 walk in price for me?
Not sure how much shipping will cost you but may be worth checking?
http://www.londondrugs.com/Verbatim%20DVD-R%204.7GB%2016X%20-%2050%20pack%20-%2095101/L1374537,default,pd.html?start=8&cgid=computers-drivesstorage-blankmedia&srule=Name%20Z-A
Unfortunately no London Drug within 1500 miles of me eek.gif My guess would be Toronto ON, the largest Canadian town I drive through regularly(Thunder Bay ON) doesn't have a LD, they do have 1 Future Shop though.
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

If thats a 25 pack(looked through listing several times and could NOT find a description saying how many discs were in a spindle rolleyes.gif)

I just assumed that this was a 25 pack. I also could not find no where it says it is a 25 pack. I did see some reviews where the review did say how many they burnt from the 25 discs. I did a chat with a Customer Service rep and he said he thinks it's a 12 pack. I told him if it is I would cancel my order since in the past I brought them for $20-25 for a 25 pack. And that it was $24.99 before the drop to $16.99. He said I should not cancel and once I get the order if it is not the 25 spindle I can return it for a full refund.
post #2787 of 2957
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

BTW if anyone sees a good deal(~$20-22 shipped)/spindle for AZO Verbs please post it. It seems like it's been quite some time since I've seen them that low(Amazon was running them on sale for that regularly 8?? months ago) and black friday seems like it's going to be a bust for cheap blanks. I think someone had the Life series for ~$20 but for me to purchase those they'd have to be <$15 which again I haven't seen in a while. To me it seems like blank DVDs are basically dead and the few sales(if you can even call it that) are just for the CMC junk frown.gif I think BB has Memowrex discs for $30/spindle this week....... ya I'll jump right on that rolleyes.gif

I brought 2 Verbatim AZO 100 spindles from Amazon.com on Oct 26th and again in early Nov of this year. The cost was $21.60 per 100 spindle.
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Originally Posted by Chingu808 View Post

I just assumed that this was a 25 pack. I also could not find no where it says it is a 25 pack. I did see some reviews where the review did say how many they burnt from the 25 discs. I did a chat with a Customer Service rep and he said he thinks it's a 12 pack. I told him if it is I would cancel my order since in the past I brought them for $20-25 for a 25 pack. And that it was $24.99 before the drop to $16.99. He said I should not cancel and once I get the order if it is not the 25 spindle I can return it for a full refund.
I too am pretty sure it's a 25 pack, just odd it isn't more clear confused.gif

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Originally Posted by Chingu808 View Post

I brought 2 Verbatim AZO 100 spindles from Amazon.com on Oct 26th and again in early Nov of this year. The cost was $21.60 per 100 spindle.
If you see the deal again please post it in this thread, I think the last time I ordered it was from a link from you smile.gif I've been checking off and on but haven't been able to find that sale price. Amazon pricing is so volatile, I've learned with them to order as soon as I see a deal, no waiting to think it over.
post #2789 of 2957
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

If thats a 25 pack(looked through listing several times and could NOT find a description saying how many discs were in a spindle rolleyes.gif) it's less than good DVD DL media goes for! if only the BDs would play in my many DVD players. Personally I don't like BD players, none have multi disc resume(even when playing DVDs) and if the BD has Java even plane old resume doesn't work!!
Hmmm . . .
I just assumed it was a 25 pack because the picture is of a 25 pack. As you noted, there is nothing in the listing that indicates # of disks. "OQBDR04LT" is the stock number for their logo top 4x BD-R; there would usually be a "-25" after the stock # to denote quantity. I'll wait and see what chingu808 receives.

As for your criticisms of BluRay -- I agree completely as pertains to commercial BD disks. That is why I never watch them from disk and rip the main title to my server farm where I can stream it as fast as my WD Live can load it. But now as far as content you author and burn to BD-R yourself, that is a whole different story and bears no relation to your experience with commercial BluRay. Whether I author content onto BD-R with ImgBurn or MultiAVCHD, when I stick the disk in my Panasonic BD player the menu loads and pops up as fast as it takes to spin up the disk (10-15 sec max). There are no warnings or previews or java-based menus because I don't author any in.

So, the BluRay disk playback experience may suck when it comes to playing commercial disks, but it is awesome when it comes to playback of your TV captures (whether from your SD recorder or from an HDTV recorder) that you have authored to BD-R. What is not to like about 5xDVD-R capacity and putting 15 SD episodes of a series you recorded on a single disk. No matter how long your football game is, not only can you fit the entire game on a single BD-R disk, you can probably put two more on there as well.

Making the switch and burning your content to BD-R is just awesome -- not to mention necessary if you get into HD/5.1 recording smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif -- that's where the real fun starts.
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Originally Posted by Kelson View Post

Making the switch and burning your content to BD-R is just awesome -- not to mention necessary if you get into HD/5.1 recording smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif -- that's where the real fun starts.
Newegg has a 12 hour sale on a LG BD burner. The regular price is $64.99 but you can get it at $39.99 with promo code EMCJJJA22. Deal available today only from 9:00AM to 9:00PM Pacific time.
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