All these years "the big boys" have apparently used a single format in creating "storebought" DVDs. We bring them home, put them in our machines, they work.
Now, tho', when we want to record our own, suddenly there's a format conflict. Plus. Minus. RAM. Why didn't some genius, when coming up with DVD home-recorders, say "Hey! Why not use the format that's been used to make DVDs since the beginning?!?!"
Seriously, why in the world IS there a format war? Shouldn't they have just used the existing format, and made recorders that produce the same type of disc that's been playing fine all along?
IS there an explanation on this, or is it a mystery where if they told us they'd have to kill us?