If you use a DVD recorder that can record in the "-" format the discs will play on even older players. This format seems to be the same as commercial DVDs and I do all my recordings in this format when they are to be shared or archived as they can be used on virtually any player. As for a good lower priced DVD recorder I can highly recommend the Panasonic DMR-ES20. It is a new model out just a few months. In the $200 and under price range it just can't be beat for performance or quality. Also it can record and play DVD-RAM discs. This feature makes the machine perform similarly to a hard drive . You can record one program and watch another you already recorded ON THE SAME DISC AT THE SAME TIME. Also these discs, although a bit expensive, can be re-recorded up to 100,000 times. You can also watch what you are recording with only a few seconds delay. My machine seems durable, reliable, and looks great. I tried 3 other machines [even a Toshiba] before settling on this one. It can record in DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, and should satisfy all but the most discerning or professional. It automatically cleans up those old video tapes as they are copied. Dan
...And is it really that big a deal in real usage. In other words, If I got a unit that can only do "-" would it be able to play back a "+" disc made on someone else's deck? What are commercial DVD's...+ or - or is this even an issue with DVD, you get that are commercially made?
Any recommendations for a good DVD recorder with VCR built in that can record in either direction (DVD->VCR or VCR->DVD)?