Thanks for all the help guys. Having never burned DVDs before, I'm at a loss to know what programs like AnyDVD and CloneDVD are apt to do. My settings definitely are checked for region free so it must be the PAL to NTSC issue that's preventing my standalone DVD players for playing my burnings. Bummer.
I noticed that the slysoft website has a promotion where they are offering a 20% discount and lifetime free updates, until Sunday, January 18 2009, which is today. The total cost for AnyDVDHD and CloneDVD is $100USD. My question is, is this a one time charge and then the programs are mine with free updates for life? And how do they define "lifetime"?