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what is the difference between dvd (+) and dvd (-)
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by TheChas In reply to dvd (+) (-)

DVD + and - are different competing DVD data disk formats.

Many older DVD burners are only capable of 1 format or the other.

Some of the newer DVD burners can use either format.

As far as DVD reader drives and DVD players, the supported format varies from model to model.

Found these details at:
http://www.dvdrhelp.com/dvd

"There are three competing DVD Recording standards, DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W have pretty similar features and are compatible with many standalone DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs while DVD-RAM has less DVD Player and DVD-ROM compatibility but better recording features.

DVD-R and DVD-RW
DVD-R/W was the first DVD recording format released that was compatible with standalone DVD Players.
DVD-R is a non-rewriteable format and it is compatible with about 93% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
DVD-RW is a rewriteable format and it is compatible with about 77% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
DVD-R/W supports single side 4.7 GB* DVDs(called DVD-5) and double side 9.4 GB* DVDs(called DVD-10).
These formats are supported by DVDForum.

DVD+R and DVD+RW
DVD+R/W has some "better" features than DVD-R/W such as lossless linking and both CAV and CLV writing.
DVD+R is a non-rewritable format and it is compatible with about 87% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
DVD+RW is a rewritable format and is compatible with about 77% of all DVD Players and most DVD-ROMs.
DVD+R/W supports single side 4.7 GB* DVDs(called DVD-5) and double side 9.4 GB* DVDs(called DVD-10).
These formats are supported by the DVD+RW Alliance."

Chas

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by Jamesbotts In reply to dvd (+) (-)

DVD-R was developed by pioneer, DVD-R, with a capacity of 4.7GB per side to a DVD-ROM but allows users to write only once. Originally designed for professional authoring DVD-R(A), a version for general consumer use is now available DVD-R(G). The major difference between professional and general authoring is that professional supports Mastering and copy protection. DVD-R disk can be played in most DVD players and DVD-ROM Drives

The DVD-RW and DVD+RW formats are both good for making DVD movies but are essentially engaged in a Beta versus VHS-type battle. The consumer market will ultimately determine which format wins or they end up combining into a single standard, but it is important to understand that neither is yet a universal standard. Another thing to note is that many DVD players won't play any kind of rewritable disk. Most of the newer players will play these kinds of disks, but if you have an older DVD player it may not. In general, the newer your DVD player, the more likely it is to play all the recordable formats. There are web sites like Apple.com, HomeMovie.com and DVDplusRW.org that list compatible players and formats, but these are not unabridged resources either. Use them as a general guide

DVDR Digest
http://www.dvdr-digest.com/articles/articles.php?article_id=4&mode=print

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by lordseck In reply to dvd (+) (-)

Just to add my two cents.... I recently got a new laptop myself and it had a DVD+RW burner. The drive itself can read both DVD-R(W) and DVD+R(W), however it is only capable of writing to DVD+R's. So far I've been able to play everything I burn on both my PS2 and a 2 year old Sony DVD Player. Also, I've found that DVD+R is a little more expensive. All the generic, bulk blank DVD warehouses I've browsed around to online seem to offer DVD-R's at about 5-10 cents less per disc. You can still find excellent prices on DVD+R's if your going to be buying 100+, but you have to look a little harder...

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