Some comments on all of these replies: 1. If you cannot tell the difference between a VCD and a DVD, you either need to get some glasses or buy a TV which is not older than 10 years. Because on ANY kind of current TV set you can tell the difference. Also, it is not true that the average TV has a maximum quality because of ‘x’ and ‘y’ number of lines. Quality depends on much more than just that. 2. Believe it or not, but there are more people out there who cannot make DVD’s and SVCD’s on PC’s than people who can. Surveys show over 70% of people would need a recorder type machine. 3. As for all those nifty DVD-RAM’s out there, don’t count on them becoming a video standard. They are not compatible. DVD-RW is somewhat, DVD+RW is fully compatible. For a comparison look up http://www.dvdplusrw.org/video/comparison.html 4. The price is not as high as stated here. It’s approx. 2000 euro or 2500$ (announced by Philips today) and will drop fast. In a year or two it will be affordable. 5. All those films they fit on 2 CD’s using DivX or other stuff is nice for hardcore computer freaks. Fact of the matter is over 90% of the people like watching movies on their TV’s, not on their monitors. And there u can tell the diff. 6. Capacity. Sure, now DVD is usually at 4.7 GB capacity. Double sides at 9.4. But once they start recording dual layer (and they will) capacity is doubled. And there is more in the making… 7. CD will soon be the cheap solution for people saying ‘what do I need DVD for, it sucks’ but who in fact simply don’t have any money to buy it. Fact of the matter is that DVD players (not just PC Drives) are the best selling consumer product of all times so far. If you think DVD is not going to make it, you are not from this world. 8. Another fact: Surveys show, assuming that prices go beneath 1000$ (and they will) the DVD Video Recorder is the 1st item on the consumers wish list.