DVD+R DVD-R, Whats the dif?

Im sorta new to copying with DVD’s and such, although I’ve been around for a while in the CD-R copying world. I was at CompUSA yesterday and i saw two boxes of DVD media, both the same price for the same amount of discs, yet one was labled DVD+R and one DVD-R. Could someone explain the difference?

Thanks to the miracle of the SEARCH function, I was able to come up with THIS thread. There a a number of good links there.

OMG, rdgrimes, there are some of my links at the bottom. :wink:

I should have thought of revising all the links to make it more coherent and easier to consult (and most of them are outdated by now).


The difference is different according to whom you ask to. There are basically and roughly three types of answers.

  1. DVD-R is generally more compatible with standalone DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM PC drives and the media are cheaper than DVD+R equivalent and it is the DVD recordable format standard recognized and promoted by DVD Forum. More people have PC drives that can write to DVD-R media than DVD+R.

  2. DVD+R and DVD+RW are faster, more scalable, supported by more PC hardware and software companies, and have more features such as Mt. Rainier. If you compare Verbatim DVD-R with Verbatim DVD+R, the prices are almost the same and sometimes DVD+R media are cheaper and there is yet no 2.0x DVD-RW media while there have been 2.4x DVD+RW media for about 15 months.

  3. Both DVD-R and DVD+R are intended for the same purpose and based on the same materials and technology. As long as the end users want to create DVD-Video and PC data disc that can hold up to 4.7GB on one physical media side, they are the same and arguments and standard war are pointless.

I think it is best to take all three types of opinions into consideration. No one can be completely correct in this.