I always make backups of my kids movies, so I can save the originals from getting damaged. I use printable discs and then use the brilliant Canon MP600 to copy the disc label perfectly to the new disc. You can’t tell them from the original. Note: I understand that this feature is disabled in the US models.
Recently I purchased a Samsung HT-TQ85 Home Theater System and the first time I tried to play one of these movies (DVD-R) the Samsung displayed:
PLEASE, CHECK DISC
I thought this was odd, because the Samsung had already played DVD-R discs burned by my Panasonic DVD recorder, so I did some checking on the Internet, and there are a lot of people with several brands of DVD players having the same/similar problem. Most sites blamed poor media quality but of course I knew that this was not the case with my media and burns. Slysoft’s site just told people to use DVD+R set to DVD-ROM, hmm, time to get to the bottom of this.
Sure enough DVD+R discs set to DVD-ROM, burned by CloneDVD2, did not produce the problem, and played fine, but any DVD-R disc burned by CloneDVD2 would not play, even discs with excellent burn quality, including jitter and beta, and even using the latest version of CloneDVD2, released today.
I then used CloneDVD2’s “Write Existing Data” option to burn a disc image created by DVD-Rebuilder. This disc would not play either, so I now knew that the problem must relate to how CloneDVD2 writes the disc. I would point out that all of these tests were done with the same drive and the same media.
I then used Nero Express to create a DVD-Video disc of the same disc image (same files), again same DVD-R media and drive. This disc, and two others after that, played without problems in the Samsung Home Theater system.
Conclusion, don’t count on your library of recorded videos to work with your next DVD player/HTIB.
Update: The “PLAY PROHIBITED” message is also displayed when DVD+R media (not bitset to DVD-ROM), and burned using CloneDVD2 or ImgBurn, is used.
Samsung players/HTIB (Message: Play Prohibited Please, Check Disc)
Sony dvd players (Message: Disc Prohibited)
Goodmans GDVD169HDMI hd-dvd players (Message: Prohibited to play by CSS)
Affected Burning apps: