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4.0 out of 5 stars one minor problem, May 9, 2008
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This review is from: Philips DVDR3545V/37 1080p Upscaling DVDR/VCR Combo with Built-In Tuner (Electronics)
I was having problems coping from tape to DVD, the DVD would only play on their machine. I tried everything burned about 7 DVD's before I decide to call tech support which was very good. It turned out you can only use either Maxell or Philips DVD's. i when out purchase Maxell's and have no problems. Other then that the machine is great.
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Initial post: Jul 2, 2008, 7:33:06 PM PDT
Lisa Lou says:
At this day and age 'most' consumers are purchasing 2nd+ DVD players. Which means that 'most' consumers have recorded DVDs containing home events. I find it IDIOCTIC for companies to limit playing/recording to certain brand-names. What are we suppose to do with the DVDs we've already created - or wasn't that the point of purchasing DVD recorders in the first place 'TO PRESERVE'. Companies are being UNCONCIONABLE.

my 2 pennies worth - as if anyone cares

Posted on Jan 22, 2009, 10:22:06 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2009, 10:29:34 AM PST
Skaizun says:
Respectfully, page 39 of the English version of the online (Philips.com) user's guide for this device says that virtually any DVD can be used, as shown here:

"This unit can record to DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD-R. DVD+R/DVD-R can only be recorded
to once. DVD+RW/DVD-RW can be recorded to and erased many times."

The manual then adds:

"[The f]ollowing discs are recommended for good recording quality and are proven to be compatible
with this unit. However, depending on the media condition the unit may not read the disc properly.
(list of recommended DVD mfr and types) Performance of any other discs are not guaranteed."

The "however" is a disclaimer for those who misuse or improperly store the media. The last sentence refers to the list of TYPES of DVD's, not manufacturer, as it would be counter-productive (not to mention impossible) for a manufacturer to purposely limit the media by manufacturer; furthermore, the other manufacturer's would deem it libelous to suggest that their products are inferior. In fact, most "recommended manufacturers" have paid for the privilege. The same is true when you buy, say, a dishwasher that comes with a sample of a particular manufacturer's soap; it doesn't mean you can't use other mfr's soaps; it just means that the given mfr paid for the privilege.

Given all that, either you happened to get a bad batch of DVD's (highly unlikely),
or you had the wrong TYPE (more than likely),
or you did something wrong (c'mon! admit it!). ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2009, 8:13:43 PM PST
I asked at my post so I'll ask here: S. Cohen do you work for Philips?

Some comsumers may be getting good results with the reconditioned models BUT this device is basically a piece of junk!! Mine has now come back for the third time and still does not work. So why don't you lighten up and just assume some of us know what we're talking about??

Posted on May 9, 2009, 1:43:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2009, 8:17:20 AM PDT
Bert Ezell says:
I use Sony DVD+R's to create DVD's with this unit. They play perfectly well on my old DVD player. I didn't need to use Maxell or Philips DVD's. Just be sure you follow the instructions on page 56 in the manual to "finalize" the disk and it should work on any other DVD player.
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