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Rappin' Ronnie Reagan
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a good DVD recorder under $200? I've decided that I just can't live without either a DVD recorder or DVR, and since TiVo costs like $16 a month for a subscription it looks like I'll be getting a DVD recorder. Plus that way I can make my own pretty boxed sets of seasons 3 and 4 of Law & Order: SVU since NBC is going as slow as possible in releasing those. Also, do I want a DVD recorder that does DVD+R? What exactly is the difference between DVD+R and DVD-R discs?
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DVD+R and DVD-R are different formats for writing to DVDs. They have some technical differences -- I think the +R is considered to be engineered better (more accurate, better error management, etc). Im pretty sure most DVD recorders will write to both DVD+R and DVD-R nowadays.
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We just got our first DVD recorder, and it won't let us copy commerical VHS tapes, which is the whole reason we got it--to free up space by converting.

Is this common? Is there a work-around? Do we need a different model DVD player?

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Short of holding a DVD camera up the TV screen, no You can't copy commercial VHS tape to commercial VHS tape for the same reasons you can't go commericial VHS to DVD. There might be something, but I don't know what it is. Our family did have fun converting our baby videos to DVD though.
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CNN tells us how [Wink] http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/11/03/tapeto.dvd.ap/ .

Another way is to get something that strips out the Macrovision protection; devices that do that are readily available. Depending on what sort of device it is you may need to put the video on your computer, first, before putting it on DVD. But if you can get one that's just inline, you should be able to copy directly.

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