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Philips to push DVD+RW format further

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 05 Nov 2002 13:13 User comments (11)

Philips to push DVD+RW format further Philips continues its efforts to make the "plus" format the dominant recordable DVD format over the "minus" camp (which is currently doing well with Pioneer's almost-legendary A03, A04 and A05 models).
Company has released reference design for PC DVD+RW drives that allows third party manufacturers to license the technology and -- if they wish -- basically just to copy the reference drive and put their own branding on it.

Philips released similiar reference player for home stand-alone DVD recorders in last month. Drive manufacturers are locked in a bitter fight over standards, where Philips, HP and Dell are supporting the "plus" drives (DVD+R and DVD+RW) and Pioneer, Apple and the official DVD Forum are supporting the "minus" standard (DVD-R and DVD-RW).


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11 user comments

16.11.2002 5:04

I'd recommend either buying a DVD+RW drive or a DVD+/-RW (does both) drive. From what I read, DVD+RW gives more features such as varying compression from 120 minutes to 240 minutes per DVD+R and screen menu support. Minimum capacity of a 12cm DVD+R/W is 4.7GB. compares DVD+R/W to DVD-R/W - Liteon to release a 4x DVD+/-RW drive for $200

26.11.2002 6:24

The disc format doesn't have _ANYTHING_ to do with the compression ratio, DVD-Video features, etc. Both formats are identical in that sense. And both, "minus" and "plus" discs have exactly same _maximum_ amount of data they can store: 4.38 gigabytes. The _ONLY_ difference between DVD-R and DVD+R is the fact that DVD+R drives can only burn DVD+R discs and DVD-R drives can only burn DVD-R discs. Both drives read both discs and DVD-ROM drives read both discs as well.

Petteri Pyyny (pyyny@twitter)

36.11.2002 10:17

As far as I know, DVD-R is more compatible with existing (old?) drives. For instance, some Sony standalone DVD players like DVP-C660 and DVP-S535D can't read any of the "plus" technology discs but stand both DVD-R and DVD-RW media. Even more, according to the compatibility list at (afterdawn holds a link pointing at it, in its articles section), Playstation 2 can't read DVD+RW, but reads DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+R quite fine. PS1: I recommend DVD-R/RW. Pioneer DVD-A04 is a cool device (firmware updated, of course). PS2: I own a Sony DVD-Player myself. I don't remember the exact model, but I think it's the DVP-S550D. It's one of that silly devices which can read any CD-RW but only Princo CD-R media (odd but true!). Well, according to what is reported at, it won't read DVD-RW discs but using DVD+RW it will. I'm confused, but I'll try someday. Technology sucks.

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

48.11.2002 4:01

That's not correct, i have a Playstation 2 and DVD+RW works fine ( SCPH 3004 R Pal )

58.11.2002 4:15

The older models of PS2 don't work with plus discs.

Petteri Pyyny (pyyny@twitter)

68.11.2002 6:04

OK, I take note. It was not first-hand info, anyway. I just forwarded what I had read out there. Btw, nice choice. I'd also buy a PS2 if I had enough time to play. I used to be an absolute paddy-lamer some years ago, but I had to quit. It's been such a looooong time since the last time I played a PC game...

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

78.11.2002 9:31

I going by what is said on the site, I didn't make the compression thing up between DVD-Rw & DVD+Rw!:

88.11.2002 9:58

The site's URL itself shows the slightly biased opinion, just like asking Microsoft to provide an independent review between Windows and Linux, don't you think?-)

99.11.2002 0:34

I started with a +Rw (hp200), tried it, it worked, but the media was way more expensive and not as compatible. When the prices of the +R media are the same as -R, then I'll look at which is most dominant and maybe switch to +R (again). Till then, -r wins.

109.11.2002 2:27

Many people must be thinking the same, and that's why Philips is acting like this. They were losing until now }:-)

"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

1111.11.2002 10:35

i got a philips dvd+rw/r it the best around att the min,burn good with dvdx copy,i have not lost a disk with this burner not like the sony dvd burners.i give it 9 out of 10

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