Help Wanted - Buying A DVD Player

Just wondering if anyone can help, I’m looking to buy a DVD player, but I want to play copies as well as a friend has quite a collection which I can borrow.

Someone says that to play copies on a DVD it has to be VCD compatible, someone else say that it has to be CD-R/CD-RW compatible!!

Cany anyone tell me what the DVD player needs to play copies, I was also told not to buy one from a major retailer e.g. dixons, curry’s etc as they won’t play copied DVD’s…

Can anyone please help and explain what the player should or shouldn’t have…

Hm. The questions on such matters should contain more information I think. Cheap DVD players cost well less than US$100 in Walmart. Portable DVD players with nice LCD display could cost $1,000. Some players can easily read the DVD Video on DVD+R and DVD-R discs recorded by the end users. Some cannot. Some can recognize only DVD-R and some others can only DVD-R. Since this is a DVD Hardware forum mainly for DVD+/-RW PC drives, I am most concerned about DVD Player’s ability to play the discs written with DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW drives. I’m not sure why the DVD players from the major retailers cannot play copied DVD discs. The latest models should have better compatibility with all known DVD recordable disc formats.

I bought a Samsung DVD player for $50. It had Ramen noodles in the packaging when I opened it, not to mention the strong smell of Kimchi (A very potent smelling Korean dish with peppers and cabbage). The instruction book was written in Hangul (Korean) and there were anti-american notes scratched on the back.

What the heck do those Samsung people allow their employees to be doing?!?!

Well, the truth is: I did buy a $50 Samsung DVD player that supports MP3, and all the typical DVD stuff (VCD, CD, etc) It is model DVD-S129. I’m sure it is a low end model, but for $50 you can’t beat that! MP3s too! Sweeeet… Ramen noodles in the packaging were just a bonus (J/K)

Almost all DVD players I’ve ever seen have VCD support. Look on the packaging or manufacturers list of options for that particular model. As for the DVD-R compatibility, do a search on the net from one of the many consumer websites about that particular model you are interested in. Or, you can be like me and grab that DVD-R and head on down to Best Buy or whatever retailer and try it yourself. (Don’t bring Porn, they frown on that)

Originally posted by BadASCII
Well, the truth is: I did buy a $50 Samsung DVD player that supports MP3, and all the typical DVD stuff (VCD, CD, etc) It is model DVD-S129. I’m sure it is a low end model, but for $50 you can’t beat that! MP3s too! Sweeeet… Ramen noodles in the packaging were just a bonus (J/K)

I didn’t know there were that cheap Samsung DVD players, even in the US Best Buy stores or wherever. What do Samsung Electronics DVD products have to do with ramyeon and anti-American propaganda?

Standalone DVD Player compatibility of DVD-Video recorded on DVD+R and DVD+RW disks.

http://www.dvdplusrw.org/resources/compatibilitylist_dvdvideo.html

The DVD Players VCD,SVCD,CD-R/W,DVD±R/W Compatibility list

http://www.vcdhelp.com/dvdplayers

There are many other links of the official websites of DVD+RW Alliance (DVD+R and DVD+RW) and DVD Forum (DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM), manufacturer and retailer websites, and other more independent sites like the two above that provide such compatibility lists. Most data come directly from the individual reports of end users posting on the forums.

I have a question. DVD movie titles ( retail ) are produced by DVD+R ?

Not at all. DVD+R and DVD-R are all write-once media format standards based on the DVD specification.

thanx for your help, someone says that if i buy one that has DVD / CD / MP3 / CD-R / CD-RW / VCD then it will play DVD movies which have been copied is this correct?

Anyone who can tell me anything as I am thinking of purchasing a Sony or Phillips DVD Standalone player tomorrow (Friday)…

Originally posted by chriseatonuk2k
thanx for your help, someone says that if i buy one that has DVD / CD / MP3 / CD-R / CD-RW / VCD then it will play DVD movies which have been copied is this correct?

Anyone who can tell me anything as I am thinking of purchasing a Sony or Phillips DVD Standalone player tomorrow (Friday)…

Copied DVD discs are also DVD-Video? Then no problem as long as the recorded media are compatible with the player.

Kenshin, I got it at one of the wonderful “PX” stores on military base here in Korea. I hate to tell Koreans the truth about their products: You can buy them cheaper in the USA than Korea. Being American, I get good deals…if I was Korean I’d be really really ticked off. I’ve talked to Koreans who have said they import all electronics from the states…even Korean brands! Amazing world we live in. I’d offer to get you stuff…but wouldn’t that be blackmarketing?

@BadASCII

I often browse PriceWatch, PriceGrabber, Walmart, Amazon, eBay, and other US sites. The US is the most free market in the world and most countries try hard to sell their products there. In South Korea, people care too much about not importing anything overseas to assist in the local farmers and conglomerates which is plain foolish and suicidal in the long run. Just a few days ago, I was reading newspaper and website articles about LG Electronics headquarter in Seoul telling the Chinese sources about LG CD writers NOT TO sell anything to those who import the LG CD writers manufacturered in China to South Korea because they are about 50% cheaper than the ones distributed in the cheapest and largest market in South Korea - Yong-San (I mean besides the PX, of course). I tried as many things to open the market (and I’m just one individual with few capital) and will do again. Many of my friends were very surprised to hear that Samsung DVD players could be that cheap. I haven’t bought any DVD player yet because they used to cost over 150 USD until very recently and now they cost a little less than that. :slight_smile:

I’d like to ask people in Europe and North America. What would you feel if Philips and HP sell computers and electronics products produced in factories located in your own cities filled with employees living in your counry 20-30% to 200-300% cheaper in regions (imaginary) where income per capita is a few times higher than your own. And what would you do (personally and peacefully) to correct the situation?

Which reminds me of the HP lawsuit several months ago discussed in the DVDplusRW.org forum. Consumers have so little power even in this 21st century.

Well, some more off-topic stories…

Just heard from one of my friends in Seoul that Ritek 2x DVD-R media now cost as little as 2,000 Won, the equivalent of about 1.65 USD, that sell for 0.8x USD in some US webstores. I’ll pay cache for the two units of external Sony OEM drive by Thursday. He will also participate in the KBench.com’s Samsung DVD-R “field test” and receive some free discs and test them with this Pioneer DVR-A05 and the OEM Sony DRX-500UL. Samsung itself is not into the DVD recordable media market. It will be funny to see how the South Korean media manufacturers (SK, Samsung, LG, Saehan, BeAll, and other smaller ones) will compete in the DVD media market against Ritek, Prodisc, CMC Magnetics, Princo, Gigastorage, InfoDisc, BenQ, etc. in Taiwan/China. At first, I used SKC (of SK group) mainly in the 90s. And then Woong-Jin and others. Later, very cheap Ritek bulk discs. Sometime in late 1999, Taiyo Yuden OEM discs became so cheap that there was not much use in considering any other makers. But throughout the early 21st centuries, the Taiwanese makers were selling 50-packs, 100-packs, and 150-packs for like $0.1 per disk in Europe, Asia, and the US. Then the South Korean government intervened every year to protect domestic manufacturers, trying to charge over 50% tax for CD-R media imported from Taiwan (while many of them were actually produced in the mainland China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, etc. and then imported directly to South Korea) which was a foolish policy and ineffective after all. I know Taiyo Yuden also has recordable media factories in South Korea and the Japanese media company helps a lot of helpless people with their profits every year.