Carolyn. I can understand why you are asking the question about whether or not this unit can play DVD-Rs. It can. The item description states that it does, but the problem is whether or not it can play all of the file formats listed. Commercial DVDs are usually in VOB file format, but DVD-Rs can be in many different formats.
The item description is as follows:
"All Multi Region Code Free DVD 012345678 PAL/ NTSC DVD Player
Watch any Region DVD PAL/NTSC DVD Region Code 012345678 RCE/REE DVDs
AVI, DIVX XVID, DVD, DVD+-, DVD+-RW, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, JPEG or MPEG-4.
Best gift for budget Region Code Free DVD Player
You'll be able to copy audio files from a CD onto your USB device in MP3 format."
I do not believe that it can play all of the file formats, such as DivX and MP4.
Note also that the listing recommends that you buy an HDMI cable, but this unit does not have such a connector.
I recommend that you go to the Samsung web page to see what they say that their unit can do.
From the unit manual:
"MPEG4 Play Function
The MPEG4 audio and video data compatible with this player are contained in AVI files. This unit
can only play AVI format files with an ".avi" extension."
Hope this helps.
On the DVD box will have a Region code from 1-0. Like the Samsung All Region Free DVD player I bought for my daughter. She likes to watch anime movies from other countries. This DVD player will play all DVD's from different countries not only from the USA. I hope this helps.
It has video output of yellow(also a coaxial cable one that's black) and audio outputs of white and red. There are three other outputs I have not ever used marked COMPONENT. They are red, green and blue. I have interfaced this unit with a flat-screen LG TV and an older CRT Panasonic. Both worked fine.