I received it yesterday. They are definitely DVD-Rs. It's like a Warner Archive release. The quality is like the other recent set that just came out, i.e. apparently straight from the source. Also, this group of shows does not have the educational/informative "E/I" superimposed in the corner like the other one. The back says "Restored Classics/The Film Detective Archive" and there is also a notice that says "Copyright MEMORY LANE SYNDICATION and Trademark NBC." I would say these are "authorized" by Memory Lane Syndication. How "authoritative" that "authorization" is, I can't say. If you want these shows, I highly recommend both of these sets, which have all different episodes from each other. These are the best DVDs of The New Howdy Doody Show yet released.