Originally Posted by bluedalmatian
I do for the simple rerason DVDs are a pain in the arse, you get the slightest mark on them, which its impossible not to and they refuse to work and the picture quality is no different to VHS, despite all the signing and dancing adverts when they first came out.
Plus, you're buying into the studios draconian DRM control
1) Optical media do work with scratches. Many scratches can be repaired and if you keep them in the case between viewings they can last a very long time, unlike tape video which wears out from excessive viewings.
2) DVD DRM was broken a long time ago. There are free programs that will re-encode DVD MPEG-2 files to other video formats.
3) VHS quality is not the same to DVD, but on an SDTV over an composite or S-Video connection you may not be able to tell the difference.
Some items for comparison (emphasis mine):
330×480 (250 lines):
350×240 (260 lines): Video CD
Umatic, Betamax, VHS
400×480 (300 lines): Super Betamax, Betacam (pro)
440×480 (330 lines): analog broadcast560×480 (420 lines):
LaserDisc, Super VHS
670×480 (500 lines): Enhanced Definition Betamax
Digital:720×480 (520 lines):
, miniDV, Digital8, Digital Betacam (pro)
720×480 (400 lines): Widescreen DVD (anamorphic)
1280×720 (720 lines): D-VHS, HD DVD, Blu-ray, HDV (miniDV)
1440×1080 (810 lines): HDV (miniDV)
1920×1080 (1080 lines): D-VHS, HD DVD, Blu-ray, HDCAM SR (pro)(source)