I've had discs of information that have lasted over 8 years without a problem. Now, bending a burnable disc - particularly DVD-/+R, even slightly, can damage it, as they are more tolerant to breaks on the recordable media inside the plastic. I don't know why that is, but that's my experience.
But if I had to guess, I don't think that's what happened here. If the media was broken, the PC would not have been able to read it either. We've established a sort of breakdown for this one important disc, but what about other recorded media? Do those still play? Can you record a show on a fresh disc and play it back? Or do you have other discs of shows you've recorded that could duplicate what you did with this particular disc in question?
Keep me posted!
Can inactivity lead to the unit's inability to play a disc? I really am not a dedicated dvd viewer, but I do from time to time like to enjoy many films and tv shows that I have.
Recently I inserted a disc and it played nicely. When I got to the 4th episode of a particular prerecorded tv show it just stopped. It wouldn't allow me to skip, rewind, etc.
I took the disc to a co worker and he tried it in his PC and he said it was fine. When I tried again at home it wouldn't even get beyond the loading process. It said it was unable to play it.
I attempted with other discs and still couldn't get past loading.
I used the Maxell Lens Cleaner to no avail. I can't imagine that the player just up and died. Any thoughts? A friend has the same model and has never had a problem.