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DVD-R is a DVD recordable format. A DVD-R typically has a storage capacity of 4.71 GB. Pioneer has also developed an 8.5 GB dual layer version, DVD-R DL, which appeared on the market in 2005. This format is often referred as DVD minus R.

Data on a DVD-R cannot be changed, whereas a DVD-RW (rewritable DVD) can be rewritten multiple (1000+) times. DVD-R(W) is one of three competing industry standard DVD recordable formats; the others are DVD+R(W) and DVD-RAM.

As of 2012, the recordable DVD market still shows little sign of settling down in favor of either +/- format. Since almost all new DVD writers can record to both formats, this is not an issue for most people. When creating DVDs for distribution (where the playing unit is unknown or older), using the DVD-R format is preferable, because most older (up to 2004) standalone DVD video players and DVD ROM drives cannot read discs in the later DVD+R format.