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#1

What is the difference between the following:
DVD-RW and
DVD+RW


#2

There are some technical differences which are not interesting to most people these days.

The interesting differences between DVD+RW and DVD-RW are:

  • Some DVD and HDD/DVD recorders only support one of these formats, and if you have such a recorder, you are forced to use the supported format only.

  • The fastest DVD+RW is 8x and the fastest DVD-RW is 6x

  • Some recorders will allow you to do more advanced editing on a DVD-RW formatted in “DVD-VR” mode

  • Some recorders will flag true 16:9 widescreen content on DVD-RW media but not on DVD+RW media, thus making it unnecessary to manually select 16:9 or 4:3 when playing back the recording

  • DVD+RW discs are automatically finalized so that they can be played in other (non-recorder) DVD players, while DVD-RW have to be manually finalized or they will not be playable in other DVD players

You can have a look in the manual for your Panasonic HDD/DVD recorder, and it might list some features that are only supported for DVD+RW or DVD-RW or DVD-RW in DVD-VR mode

There’s no absolute answer as to which is better - it depends on your equipment and on your needs. I use both kinds.