I see the price of DVD writers has dropped to around the £100 mark in some cases. Yet am still unsure about the whole standardisation issue. Is there a format that is likely to stick around? What DVD writer format should I be looking for for long term future?
Current wisdom is, I believe, that DVD+ is the one to go with if you're going to go for a single-standard machine. But check what standard your domestic DVD player, and any friends' that you might want to share your DVDs with, can play.
Nobody knows yet! There are writers available that can use both formats and this may be the best way to go. At present, DVD writers are in the same situation as the videotape formats were when first introduced, it was a toss-up whether it would be Betamax or VHS, as it turned out we got the worst of the deal as Betamax was capable of far better quality. We shall just have to wait and see which comes out on top this time, just as we did then.