Dvd +/-r

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By master_mood
Oct 20, 2006
  1. hi..

    can anyone tell me whats the difference between a DVD +R and a DVD -R? pls enlighten me..

  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    Slightly different specs, slightly different compatibility. Other than that not much.

    DVD-R/RW was developed by Pioneer. Based on CD-RW technology, it uses a similar pitch of the helix, mark length of the 'burn' for data, and rotation control. DVD-R/RW is supported by the DVD Forum, an industry-wide group of hardware and software developers, and computer peripheral manufacturers. The DVD-R format has been standardized in ECMA-279 by the Forum, but this is a private standard, not an 'industry' ISO standard like the CD-R/RW Red Book or Orange Book standard.

    DVD+R/RW is also based on CD-RW technology. DVD+R/RW is supported by Sony, Philips, HP, Dell, Ricoh, Yamaha, and others, and has recently been endorsed by Microsoft. DVD+R/RW is not supported by the DVD Forum, but the Forum has no power to set industry standards, so it becomes a market-driven issue.
  3. master_mood

    master_mood TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    i see... so which is better? which should i get to burn stuff?
  4. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 1,060

    I find that dvd-r is more compatible with dvd players, playstations etc. DVD+r also has a "high compatibility" mode or something like that, but I find it easier to just use dvd-r.

  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,919   +203

    I use DVD-R's too, they just seem to be more common. I have not had trouble using either type though
  6. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    I've used +r for years only had a problem with on very cheap player.
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,919   +203

    I guess it's really a matter of choice... I recommend -R's, because I use them most
  8. N3051M

    N3051M TS Rookie Posts: 2,800

    most of the time i found that it doesn't matter what format you use (+ or -) but sometimes in the really old dvd players (pcs and tv players) and some cheap ones prefer the -r types..
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