Although High Definition DVD players have been discontinued, there are still many on the second-hand market to be bought. These high definition DVD players have now been replaced with Blu-ray technology.
When compared with modern HDTV technology, DVD format has only half the resolution, but it is still good quality compared to standard cable TV or VHS format. Manufacturers have tried to improve the quality of DVD players used with HDTV by introducing DVI or HDMI, a process known as upscaling. This improved technology matches the pixel count of the output on the DVD with the physical pixel count of the HD screen. This results in better picture detail and color. For best results, though, you should use a Blu-Ray player with an HDTV.
HD-DVD and Blu-ray players use the same blue laser technology, however the discs are not compatible and you cannot play a Blu-ray disc on an HD-DVD player. You may be able to find three players that were made, but discontinued in 2008, that support both discs. They are: LG BH100, BH200 and Samsung BDUP 5000.
You may play standard discs, both CD and DVD, on most Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players. To make sure of compatibility, check the specifications of the unit. However, Blu-Ray players are becoming more popular and you can now choose from hundreds of titles. Keep in mind that Blu-Ray discs cost a bit more than standard DVDs. You will find HD-DVDs on the market but they are no longer in production.
While no region coding existed for HD-DVD, there are three regions for Blu-Ray discs: Region A (US, Japan, Asia); Region B (Europe, Africa, Australia and NZ); Region C (Russia, China, and all others)
- Storage capacity of a single layer disc is 15GB and 30GB on a dual layer for a pre-recorded playback film or similar. This is about 2 hours of content.
- Storage capacity for a home recording is 20GB and 40GB respectively for single layer and dual layer discs
- Data transfer rate is 36 megabits per second
- The disc property is similar to existing DVD discs and requires minimal upgrading
- It is compatible with MPEG2,MPEG4, and VC1 encoding
- All HD-DVD players incorporate Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and PCM.
- All players are network enabled and have a built-in Ethernet port for firmware updates and other downloads.
As Blu-Ray players continue to come down in price, and HD-DVD discs are no longer being issued, you may want to buy a Blu-ray player watch the latest film releases. Finally , you should be aware that not all Blu-Ray players can access the added features on Blu-Ray discs, since Ethernet ports have been optional rather than a requirement on Blu-Ray players.
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