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August 30, 2004 7:40:01 AM

Am I the only one a bit frustrated on DVD burner hardware reviews. It seems that none of the reviewers care about compatibility with set top players. For me that is the single most important feature of any DVD burning device, particular regarding DVD DL medias.

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August 31, 2004 3:06:29 AM

They don't care because they assume you have a cheap Wal-Mart DVD to play it on, and those are compatable with just about everything. Nah, they're looking at them as computer devices.

I care, so I'm going to mention something many of them have mentioned in the past: Most DVD players are compatable with DVD-R. Most other formats are supported by some players but not others.

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September 4, 2004 10:38:41 PM

And do you know the reason for that? Cheap DVD bought for
30-40 bucks at Wal Mart can play everything you throw at them but the expensive one from big name are soooooo picky .... That I dont understand!


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September 5, 2004 5:37:16 AM

It has to do with staying on the safe side of major players in the DVD industry who get laws enacted when they don't like what you're doing. The Chinese don't care, but most Japanese companies are very cautious.

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September 5, 2004 10:35:13 AM

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30-40 bucks at Wal Mart can play everything you throw at them but the expensive one from big name are soooooo picky .... That I dont understand!

I second that one! It was a few Christmas' ago I bought my mom a DVD player. After looking at the cheap ones a little, I decided to get her a nice one. Spent twice the money, and have never been more sorry. The player locks up more than an old install of Windows, and requires you actually physcially unplug it to fix the problem. Then on top of this, it plays nothing except DVDs. No SVCDs, not MP3s, just DVDs.

Makes no sense! I'll only be buying cheap players in the furture, even if I buy them once a year, I'm still money ahead.


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