After a blaze of publicity the launch of Philips DVD recorders had most of us excited but a few years on their recorders have proved an unreliable flop.
The first model, the overpriced DVDR 1000 cost Â£1300 and was soon to be revealed as a heap of junk. The early models where all catastrophic failures, the DVDR980 noticeably so.
Added to this catalogue of calamity numerous recorders where returned back to Belgium for laser replacements at Philips expense.
The company didnâ€™t fix the recorders for free out of the kindness of their hearts, they had no choice, In countries such as the UK the law states that when an item is purchased by the consumer it must be â€˜fit for the job it was sold to doâ€™.
Clearly these units where not.
They were not tested at the factories, they were simply released for the consumers to find the faults.
Philips were at one time getting prepared to pull out of the DVD recorder market amidst all the chaos.
The Philips DVDR1000 Mark 2…No more reliable than the Mark 1
Pathetic…The Philips self test always shows ‘Pass’ regardless.
The Philips DVD728 player from ‘Sainsbury’s on-line’…This Â£80 job produces a better picture than the Â£900 Philips DVDR MK2. The latter having ‘Digital motion and Progressive scan’…what a load of nonsense.