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I'd like to be able to archive some of my favorite shows onto DVD. I'd like to purchase an inexpensive DVD player that will play CD-Rs / MP3s / and one of the writeable DVD formats.


I've been thinking about something like the Panasonic DVDRV32K or the Sony SVPNS315. It looks like these support DVD-R and DVD-RW.


Does this mean that DVD-R/DVD-RW is the way to go for people who want to be able to burn DVDs and potentially share them w/ friends?


BTW, I also would want to use the DVD writer for data backup purposes.


From what I gather DVD-R media is relatively cheap, but the burners are slow?


Can aanyone suggest an inexpensive burner?
 

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Which is "better" ??


Better being a combination of:


1. Likelihood of being read by DVD players

2. Cost of media

3. Speed of burn


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Likelihood of being read: DVD-R or DVD+R

Cost now: DVD-R

cost in the future (most likely): DVD+R

Speed of burn: similar in DVD-R and DVD+R, but DVD+R finalizes faster


I have left out DVD-RW and DVD+RW, being that they are expensive and you talk about archival.


cheers,

Halcy


PS I'd also consider burning the shows as progressive material on SVCD. Very good picture quality if you use a proper program, although not quite DVD. Much cheaper though.
 

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Hmm.. I don't think I've noticed any players supporting DVD+R although I'm sure that there are quite a few..


Thanks for the info on SVCDs. The format looks very interesting, but it doesn't look like a lot of players support them...
 
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