Dvd writer, for backup/movies



I’m planning to buy a dvd writer for burning movies from avi/mpg to dvd format, and backing up for data.
Will also be buying a dvd player (im thinking pioneer 575A) so primarily i just want to make sure whatever i burn will work on the dvd player.
My questions are what drives are best suited for this?
reading through the forums indicates that a lot of ppl rate benQ, NEC, pioneer, liteon.

Also if anyone has any further comments of the pioneer 575A or other recommendations it would be appreciated
(Also i am in the uk…)

Thank you