Senior HTF Member
- Apr 29, 2009
There was an almost identical article a few years back. Very frustrating that North America never got the Blu-ray Recorders. Our DVD Recorder gets little use these days, as even before we dropped cable, I got tired of recording sporting events for which the copy protection would sometimes suddenly kick in during the 6th Inning of an MLB game, or something along that line. With no hard drive on the recorder, this amounted to a big chunk of DVD-R space wasted.
I was quite satisfied with DVD Recording technology until we upgraded from our CRT TV in November, 2012. It wasn't long afterward that my first Toshiba DVD Recorder started periodically acting up, which in hindsight was probably from excessive use, with well over 1000 discs recorded.I been recording on to disc my favorite stuff on cable in the past 15 years and now have over 500 discs worth of programs & movies. Panasonic made the best and glad i bought two new ones before they stopped making them. Very unhappy that studios have suppressed the sale of blu-ray recorders in the USA.
Nowadays the quality of blank dvdr discs is so lousy, that I don't even bother burning dvdr discs anymore for generic data storage/backups. I just use several flash drives made by different manufacturers, backing up the same data.
I still use Verbatim blank DVD discs and find them to be more than adequate.
Couldn't find out where they are manufactured, but websites compared them favorably to Taiyo YudenWhere are they made?
Before I stopped burning discs altogether, the borderline acceptable discs were ones typically made in Taiwan or Singapore. (The better Taiyo Yuden stuff was made in Japan, before CMC bought them out two years ago).
I had too many bad experiences with made in India blank discs. (I don't even bother with any made in China blank discs).