I have had an issue with my burned DVD's for some time now. I would copy the disk (AnyDVD and CloneDVD2, always the latest) without any errors, but during playback the picture would pixelate or freeze right near the end of the movie. While it didn't happen all the time it did happen with longer movies > 100 minutes.
I had a Lite-On 16X writer and a Lite-On DVD and had used Memorex DVD+R media. I read the media was crap so I switched to Verbatim. Same issue, I slowed the burn speed to 8X, same issue.
So feed up, I sold the Lite-On and purchased an NEC DVD-RW 3550 and switch from Verbatim to Taiyo Yuden DVD+R. While I can burn fine at 16x, I'm still burning only at 8X in hopes of getting a perfect disk. I thought I had licked it but is seems to happen still, while not all the time enough do think there is something I should be doing to fix it. Again, more with longer movies. And if I try to copy the copy it fails during the reading of the disk and this was true with both the Lite-On and my new NEC writer. So it seems to me it is not the Sony player, maybe not the burner, but the software or the media. But I have read that both Verbatim(Japan) and Taiyo Yuden are as good as you get. But how can it be the software, as many folks use it quite successfully. So is it a driver issue?
Can some one recommend the Bullet proof configuration of Software and Hardware?
My DVD player is a late model Sony Changer (said to be compatible with almost any DVD format). I bought if for that very reason.
At one time I switched to DVD-R but it seemed I had more problems than the DVD+R.