Overview of New Digital Video Technology
We are still in a technological transition stage between older analog technology and newer digital technology. The DVD player and DV camcorder are prime examples of digital technologies that are now mainstream. As each of them took at least a few years to catch on and mature, you can only expect similar time frames for newly rolled out technologies.
Recordable DVD drives are the most promising of the new crop of technologies. However, recordable DVD drives are still very new, and the first batch of drives of both the DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW drives reflect that, as some set top DVD players won't play back the discs properly. If you are planning on buying one of these drives, check the compatibility with your current set top DVD player. As with all new technologies the prices are still high for the drives and media, but prices will drop over the next year.