Re: DVD--circulation and preservation

Jan Abeita (
Tue, 21 Aug 2001 11:11:02 -0700 (PDT)

We have just begun to purchase DVD format (in lieu of VHS) this last far with no problems. But, I am wondering...

1) I'm wondering if there has been any advancement in the production quality
of DVDs over the last few years, e.g., are the newer DVDs are more
durable/reliable than older DVDs? I know this has certainly true for VHS.

2) I wonder too, if there isn't a range in quality?? Again, I know this is
true for VHS, i.e., cheap vs. high quality.

3) Is it possible to know which productions are of the higher (less
troublesome) quality before purchasing?

4) Are there ever considerations, other than price and availability, that
would indicate buying VHS over DVD?

Final comment: DVD player technology has improved immensely since the first
consumer models became available. Newer machines are much more likely to
play damaged DVDs (without trouble) than older machines. Again, this was
true for CD and VHS technology as well.

Thanks, Jan.
Jan Abeita, Electronic Resources & Media Specialist
Eastern Oregon University
One University Blvd.
La Grande, Oregon 97850

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