DVD Formats Explained
The various formats that DVDs are available in, ie DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, can be quite confusing to a novice, so there follows a brief and, hopefully, easy to understand explanation below.
DVD, standing for either Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video disc, is a replacement technology for Video Cassettes. Just as video cassettes were originally available in 2 formats - VHS and Betamax - writeable DVDs are available in different formats. Different manufacturers support different formats and you need to ensure that you use the correct format for compatibility.
Notes About Compatibility
There are no hard and fast ways around this, but if you find a brand that works well with the all devices you wish to use it on, then stick with it. My personal favourite is for the RiDisc DVD-R which uses the G05 dye, which (to date) has worked with every device I have tried.
DIVX / XVID
Some DVD players will play files in the DIVX or XVid formats, which are compressed video formats.
- Hi tech DVD players from £19.99 including Mini MPEG-4 players that are small, slim and play AVI files. Some also offer USB and memory card slots or integrated Freeview tuners.
LG BD650 2D Blu-ray Player £59.99 - Free UK delivery
With this player you can watch full HD 1080P on Blu-ray Disc, and watch DVDs in near HD with DVD upscaling. You can also access YouTube and BBC iPlayer (via firmware update now available). Online content is accessed wirelessly via a Sony USB dongle. You can also connect your memory stick via USB to view photos and videos.