Bought this player after reading the reviews here which identify it as reading most formats including dvd + rw 's and vcd 's .
Can 't say whether i rec 'd an " updated " model but it will not read dvd + rw 's or vcd 's for me .
It did play a dvd-r which was unplayable in my older philips machine .
I do n't have a dvd + r to try
Mixed bag i guess but the price was right .