the question becomes is Pioneer far behind? All of the rest of the major manufacturers now bitset (or have alternative rebage fw that do) so I am wondering how long it will be before Pioneer gets the hint?
I think Pioneer will NEVER do that. The reason ? It is the inventor of the -R format, so it will never do things which agree to the competitors’ standards (Plextor supports DVD+R and was the last to make its drives compatible with that).
I usually prefer not to choose among manufacturers that may be in contrast with each other (like the creators/supporters of the +/-R format), but this time I have chosen the Pioneer DVR-108 because my fear of the DVD players not accepting recordable disks has gone and because some users reported its quality was a little better than the NEC’s one.
This weekend, I have remarked that my brother’s home dvd cannot recognized burned +R with the booktype changed to DVD-ROM. On the other hand, it will read and play those that are “unchanged” with the booktype set to dvd+R.
I fully second that. There is no reason for Pioneer to add Bitsetting for SL media.