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A DVD player is a device that plays discs produced under both the DVD-Video and DVD-Audio technical standards, two different and incompatible standards.
Some manufacturers originally announced that DVD players would be available as early as the middle of 1996. These predictions were woefully optimistic. Delivery was initially held up for "political" reasons of copy protection demanded by movie studios, but was later delayed by lack of titles. The first players appeared in Japan in November, 1996, followed by U.S. players in March, 1997, with distribution limited to only 7 major cities for the first 6 months. Players slowly trickled in to other regions around the world. Prices for the first players in 1997 were $1000 and up. By the end of 2000, players were available for under $100 at discount retailers. In 2003 players became available for under $50. Six years after the initial launch, close to one thousand models of DVD players were available from over a hundred consumer electronics manufacturers.
My first DVD was a gift from my sister for doing some work for her. I don't know what it cost, but I do know my first VHS player was something like 1350 (top of the line model). Now I get one for $30 that is just as good. LOL
I bought a DVD player about seven years ago for about 30 dollars. It still works perfectly fine.
I like a laptop for DVD play. I can't stand the little 7" screens on most portable DVD players, but I want something portable. I also like to take screen shots, and sometimes take notes or play games at the same time I watch a DVD in the corner. But I've had varying results with different lappies. Some don't have the tracking circuitry to stay on track when DVD is less than perfect, or recorded with another computer's DVD-R/W program. Some won't play region 2 and up after an initial dozen or so free trials -- even if you have the right codecs. (They build protection right into the hardware.)
The one laptop that's worked out best has been my Inspiron E1505. Plays everything I can throw at it and stays on track. Has nifty control buttons on the front with blue florescent glow. The one I have is Vista business, and I ain't gonna upgrade -- might stop working! Really cool. Got it for $55 on eBay, heh, heh.
I got a free Coby DVD player when we bought our living room set 6 years ago and they threw in 2 DVDs. It still functions flawlessly in the kids' room and will play almost anything I throw at it.
Originally Posted by redsoxfan949
Any more when you buy a DVD player, you're also buying the centralized hub for connecting your entertainment system to your HDTV. Keep that in mind when you are shopping for a new box. Most will sell that are capable of connecting to your WiFi anHuld can be connected to Netflix, Hulu, etc!
My father bought us our first dvd player and well... He wanted to make it cheap and it stopped working after a short while, it still lay on the cabinet for a few years afterwards because noone cared, my mother just recorded her soaps on vhs... Old school Another dvd was actually bought only around 2 years ago, in the age of blueray already, but you could say we don't chase the trends in my family.
My wonderful wife did just buy me a portable DVD player. I used to have one but it died. We have a huge selection of DVD's and I have enjoyed being able to watch shows during my lunch break at work. I do wonder when you will start seeing portable blu-ray players readily available.
I still enjoy DVD players. I have one that's built into my laptop, which I can burn DVD's on it as well. In my bedroom there is a Blu-ray DVD player and in the living room a regular one. Like with anything it seems like when the devices first come out their expensive. Then as time go on the value must drop and that's why they probably end up less expensive.
I remember when blu-ray players were hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Now you can get one for about forty dollars.
The very first DVD player I remember was one that my mom and my sisters' dad got back in like 2000 or so. I have never really been a big technology junky, but I thought it was cool. Now I have a laptop, Blu-ray player, and a PS3. Well, the blu-ray player and ps3 are not actually mine, but my husbands. But still its in my house LOL. The laptop is actually mine. Needless to say, I am glued to it most of the day except for maybe 2-3 hours out of the day, that is only because I have to go out of the house. LOL. But as far as upgrading everything, I just leave that to my husband. I honestly see no point in upgrading something if it works just fine.
There is no point!! They just enjoy torturing people.
Originally Posted by FWAmie