Multisession DVDs

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Ian, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Ian

    Ian Guest

    Can anyone explain why multisession DVDs have such enormous compatibility

    This fact is well-known, for example the classic message in Nero stating
    "The multisession DVD you are creating will probably not work on any OS other
    then Windows XP.."

    Yet, nowhere have I seen any explanation of why this is.

    Notably, they often will not work on any OS other than the one on which they
    were created, and sometimes only on the model of drive they were created
    with. This makes them largely useless for sharing files, or for the
    engineer's toolbox. In fact, since you can't trust them, it makes them
    useless. Period.

    Considering that multisession CDs had been around for many years prior to
    DVDs hitting the streets - and worked well enough - this situation seems to
    be an enormous gaffe on the part of the DVD standards designers. It's hard to
    see how this could be a technical limitation, surely it has to be a design
    oversight? In which case, why not rectify it?
    Ian, Oct 24, 2006
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