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11th Jul '14 2:00:08 PM MarkLungo
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More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware[[note]]A DVD has its pits packed more densely than a CD (thus allowing even more BinaryBitsAndBytes), so that is why even a single-layer DVD can hold much more than a CD. Combined with the ability to add a second layer, the need for multiple discs is reduced when one layer isn't enough, as a dual-layer disc and hold twice as much as a single-layer disc.[[/note]] and different media compression that is able to store more data. (In addition, the terminology is slightly different; unlike how CD-ROM only referred to data [=CDs=], DVD-ROM refers to ''all'' [=DVDs=] that aren't recordable or rewritable, regardless of what is stored on them.) Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.

Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new personal computers have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, both the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[note]]Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.[[/note]]) formats are generally supported by modern DVD writers.

[=DVDs=] are now common installation media and provide reasonable quality video (in comparison to hi-def programming and BluRay; compare DVD to its forerunner, VHS, and the leap in quality is pretty astonishing). The format is used by the vast majority of PlayStation2 games, {{Xbox}} games, and {{Xbox 360}} games (the PlayStation3 uses Blu-ray.) It's also a major standard for video players; the first models came out in Japan in 1996, and in North America in 1997, and are still readily available today (sometimes for as little as US$20-30 for a small set-top player). While Blu-ray was expected to replace it eventually, DVD's reach has been so great that this will take a while. Blu-ray was further hobbled by a format war with HD-DVD leading to even early adopters taking a wait-and-see stance, the 2008 global recession's effect on discretionary income and the convenience of online video sales/streaming sites leading to an end to any consumer demand for yet another new physical-media format, in that chronological order. On the plus side it helps that, unlike the switch from VHS to DVD, even the cheapest Blu-Ray players can play a standard DVD, due to the similarity in construction.

Nintendo's GameCube and {{Wii}} optical formats are [=DVDs=] that always spin at the same speed from center to rim. This lowers their capacity slightly, and is an attempt to curtail piracy.

The high capacity of a DVD (about six-and-a-half times that of conventional compact disc) also offers an advantage in terms of computer gaming. Computer games that use up a lot of space can be loaded on just one or two [=DVDs=], instead of multiple [=CDs=]. As an example, compare ''Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004'' and ''Microsoft Flight Simulator X''. The former takes up something like 1.5-3 gigabytes of space and has to be installed using four [=CDs=]. The latter takes up 15 gigabytes, but is installed using only two [=DVDs=].

For factoid's sake, the first two films ever released on DVD were ''{{Twister}}'' and ''[[Film/BladeRunner Blade Runner: The Director's Cut]]''.

It should be noted that [=DVDs=] allow for RegionCoding, something movie studios do to control their copyright and licensing (and screws fans of a show or movie over in turn if a disc turns out to be a NoExportForYou case). Generally this has resulted law violations in certain countries and in turn resulted in the appearance of Region-Free DVD players. Even many brand name DVD players sold in the market today contain a key sequence one could enter to disable or change region as needed. Granted, the studios, ignoring the potential government lawsuits of these countries, attempted to counter the release of such devices by introducing an enhanced region-locking scheme. However, this scheme was so badly thought out that it not only didn't work with most of these region-free players, but these enhanced discs would also refuse to work on some ''region-locked players of the correct region''. Sadly these companies continue to push this enhanced scheme, screwing over anyone who had bought a player that is affected but is otherwise still working fine.

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More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware[[note]]A DVD has its pits packed more densely than a CD (thus allowing even more BinaryBitsAndBytes), so that is why even a single-layer DVD can hold much more than a CD. Combined with the ability to add a second layer, the need for multiple discs is reduced when one layer isn't enough, as a dual-layer disc and hold twice as much as a single-layer disc.[[/note]] and different media compression that is able to store more data. (In addition, the terminology is slightly different; unlike how CD-ROM only referred to data [=CDs=], DVD-ROM refers to ''all'' [=DVDs=] that aren't recordable or rewritable, regardless of what is stored on them.) Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.

Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new personal computers have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, both the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[note]]Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.[[/note]]) formats are generally supported by modern DVD writers.

[=DVDs=] are now common installation media and provide reasonable quality video (in comparison to hi-def programming and BluRay; compare DVD to its forerunner, VHS, and the leap in quality is pretty astonishing). The format is used by the vast majority of PlayStation2 games, {{Xbox}} games, and {{Xbox 360}} games (the PlayStation3 uses Blu-ray.) It's also a major standard for video players; the first models came out in Japan in 1996, and in North America in 1997, and are still readily available today (sometimes for as little as US$20-30 for a small set-top player). While Blu-ray was expected to replace it eventually, DVD's reach has been so great that this will take a while. Blu-ray was further hobbled by a format war with HD-DVD leading to even early adopters taking a wait-and-see stance, the 2008 global recession's effect on discretionary income and the convenience of online video sales/streaming sites leading to an end to any consumer demand for yet another new physical-media format, in that chronological order. On the plus side it helps that, unlike the switch from VHS to DVD, even the cheapest Blu-Ray players can play a standard DVD, due to the similarity in construction.

Nintendo's GameCube and {{Wii}} optical formats are [=DVDs=] that always spin at the same speed from center to rim. This lowers their capacity slightly, and is an attempt to curtail piracy.

The high capacity of a DVD (about six-and-a-half times that of conventional compact disc) also offers an advantage in terms of computer gaming. Computer games that use up a lot of space can be loaded on just one or two [=DVDs=], instead of multiple [=CDs=]. As an example, compare ''Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004'' and ''Microsoft Flight Simulator X''. The former takes up something like 1.5-3 gigabytes of space and has to be installed using four [=CDs=]. The latter takes up 15 gigabytes, but is installed using only two [=DVDs=].

For factoid's sake, the first two films ever released on DVD were ''{{Twister}}'' and ''[[Film/BladeRunner Blade Runner: The Director's Cut]]''.

It should be noted that [=DVDs=] allow for RegionCoding, something movie studios do to control their copyright and licensing (and screws fans of a show or movie over in turn if a disc turns out to be a NoExportForYou case). Generally this has resulted law violations in certain countries and in turn resulted in the appearance of Region-Free DVD players. Even many brand name DVD players sold in the market today contain a key sequence one could enter to disable or change region as needed. Granted, the studios, ignoring the potential government lawsuits of these countries, attempted to counter the release of such devices by introducing an enhanced region-locking scheme. However, this scheme was so badly thought out that it not only didn't work with most of these region-free players, but these enhanced discs would also refuse to work on some ''region-locked players of the correct region''. Sadly these companies continue to push this enhanced scheme, screwing over anyone who had bought a player that is affected but is otherwise still working fine.

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23rd Jul '13 8:15:34 PM DriftingSkies
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More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware[[hottip:*:A DVD has its pits packed more densely than a CD (thus allowing even more BinaryBitsAndBytes), so that is why even a single-layer DVD can hold much more than a CD. Combined with the ability to add a second layer, the need for multiple discs is reduced when one layer isn't enough, as a dual-layer disc and hold twice as much as a single-layer disc.]] and different media compression that is able to store more data. (In addition, the terminology is slightly different; unlike how CD-ROM only referred to data [=CDs=], DVD-ROM refers to ''all'' [=DVDs=] that aren't recordable or rewritable, regardless of what is stored on them.) Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.

Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new personal computers have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, both the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats ar generally supported by modern DVD writers.

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More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware[[hottip:*:A hardware[[note]]A DVD has its pits packed more densely than a CD (thus allowing even more BinaryBitsAndBytes), so that is why even a single-layer DVD can hold much more than a CD. Combined with the ability to add a second layer, the need for multiple discs is reduced when one layer isn't enough, as a dual-layer disc and hold twice as much as a single-layer disc.]] [[/note]] and different media compression that is able to store more data. (In addition, the terminology is slightly different; unlike how CD-ROM only referred to data [=CDs=], DVD-ROM refers to ''all'' [=DVDs=] that aren't recordable or rewritable, regardless of what is stored on them.) Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.

Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new personal computers have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, both the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not Alliance[[note]]Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) [[/note]]) formats ar are generally supported by modern DVD writers.
24th Aug '12 5:41:52 PM nlpnt
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[=DVDs=] are now common installation media and provide reasonable quality video (in comparison to hi-def programming and BluRay; compare DVD to its forerunner, VHS, and the leap in quality is pretty astonishing). The format is used by the vast majority of PlayStation2 games, {{Xbox}} games, and {{Xbox 360}} games (the PlayStation3 uses Blu-ray.) It's also a major standard for video players; the first models came out in Japan in 1996, and in North America in 1997, and are still readily available today (sometimes for as little as US$20-30 for a small set-top player). While Blu-ray (which won the high-definition format war by default in 2008) is expected to replace it eventually, DVD's reach has been so great that this will take a while (it helps that, unlike the switch from VHS to DVD, even the cheapest Blu-Ray players can play a standard DVD, due to the similarity in construction), and it may even be curtailed by the advent of online video sales/streaming sites.

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[=DVDs=] are now common installation media and provide reasonable quality video (in comparison to hi-def programming and BluRay; compare DVD to its forerunner, VHS, and the leap in quality is pretty astonishing). The format is used by the vast majority of PlayStation2 games, {{Xbox}} games, and {{Xbox 360}} games (the PlayStation3 uses Blu-ray.) It's also a major standard for video players; the first models came out in Japan in 1996, and in North America in 1997, and are still readily available today (sometimes for as little as US$20-30 for a small set-top player). While Blu-ray (which won the high-definition format war by default in 2008) is was expected to replace it eventually, DVD's reach has been so great that this will take a while (it while. Blu-ray was further hobbled by a format war with HD-DVD leading to even early adopters taking a wait-and-see stance, the 2008 global recession's effect on discretionary income and the convenience of online video sales/streaming sites leading to an end to any consumer demand for yet another new physical-media format, in that chronological order. On the plus side it helps that, unlike the switch from VHS to DVD, even the cheapest Blu-Ray players can play a standard DVD, due to the similarity in construction), and it may even be curtailed by the advent of online video sales/streaming sites.
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1st Aug '12 8:49:05 AM FELH2
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[=DVDs=] are now common installation media and provide reasonable quality video (in comparison to hi-def programming and BluRay; compare DVD to its forerunner, VHS, and the leap in quality is pretty astonishing). The format is used by the vast majority of {{PlayStation 2}} games, {{Xbox}} games, and {{Xbox 360}} games (the {{PlayStation 3}} uses Blu-ray.) It's also a major standard for video players; the first models came out in Japan in 1996, and in North America in 1997, and are still readily available today (sometimes for as little as US$20-30 for a small set-top player). While Blu-ray (which won the high-definition format war by default in 2008) is expected to replace it eventually, DVD's reach has been so great that this will take a while (it helps that, unlike the switch from VHS to DVD, even the cheapest Blu-Ray players can play a standard DVD, due to the similarity in construction), and it may even be curtailed by the advent of online video sales/streaming sites.

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[=DVDs=] are now common installation media and provide reasonable quality video (in comparison to hi-def programming and BluRay; compare DVD to its forerunner, VHS, and the leap in quality is pretty astonishing). The format is used by the vast majority of {{PlayStation 2}} PlayStation2 games, {{Xbox}} games, and {{Xbox 360}} games (the {{PlayStation 3}} PlayStation3 uses Blu-ray.) It's also a major standard for video players; the first models came out in Japan in 1996, and in North America in 1997, and are still readily available today (sometimes for as little as US$20-30 for a small set-top player). While Blu-ray (which won the high-definition format war by default in 2008) is expected to replace it eventually, DVD's reach has been so great that this will take a while (it helps that, unlike the switch from VHS to DVD, even the cheapest Blu-Ray players can play a standard DVD, due to the similarity in construction), and it may even be curtailed by the advent of online video sales/streaming sites.



For factoid's sake, the first two films ever released on DVD were ''{{Twister}}'' and ''[[BladeRunner Blade Runner: The Director's Cut]]''.

It should be noted that [=DVDs=] allow for RegionCoding, something movie studios do to control their copyright and licensing (and screws fans of a show or movie over in turn if a disc turns out to be a NoExportForYou case). Generally this has resulted law violations in certain countries and in turn resulted in the appearance of Region-Free DVD players. Even many brand name DVD players sold in the market today contain a key sequence one could enter to disable or change region as needed. Granted, the studios, ignoring the potential government lawsuits of these countries, attempted to counter the release of such devices by introducing an enhanced region-locking scheme. However, this scheme was so badly thought out that it not only didn't work with most of these region-free players, but these enhanced discs would also refuse to work on some ''region-locked players of the correct region''. Sadly these companies continue to push this enhanced scheme, screwing over anyone who had bought a player that is affected but is otherwise still working fine.

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For factoid's sake, the first two films ever released on DVD were ''{{Twister}}'' and ''[[BladeRunner ''[[Film/BladeRunner Blade Runner: The Director's Cut]]''.

It should be noted that [=DVDs=] allow for RegionCoding, something movie studios do to control their copyright and licensing (and screws fans of a show or movie over in turn if a disc turns out to be a NoExportForYou case). Generally this has resulted law violations in certain countries and in turn resulted in the appearance of Region-Free DVD players. Even many brand name DVD players sold in the market today contain a key sequence one could enter to disable or change region as needed. Granted, the studios, ignoring the potential government lawsuits of these countries, attempted to counter the release of such devices by introducing an enhanced region-locking scheme. However, this scheme was so badly thought out that it not only didn't work with most of these region-free players, but these enhanced discs would also refuse to work on some ''region-locked players of the correct region''. Sadly these companies continue to push this enhanced scheme, screwing over anyone who had bought a player that is affected but is otherwise still working fine.
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21st Mar '12 12:37:10 PM KlarkKentThe3rd
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Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, both the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats ar generally supported by modern DVD writers.

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Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] personal computers have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, both the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats ar generally supported by modern DVD writers.
9th Nov '11 2:14:43 PM VariedVarieties
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It should be noted that [=DVDs=] allow for RegionCoding, something movie studios do to control their copyright and licensing (and screws fans of a show or movie over in turn if a disc turns out to be a NoExportForYou case). Generally this has resulted law violations in certain countries and in turn resulted in the appearance of Region-Free DVD players. Even many brand name DVD players sold in the market today contain a key sequence one could enter to disable or change region as needed. Granted, the studios, ignoring the potential government lawsuits of these countries, attempted to counter the release of such devices by introducing an enhanced region-locking scheme. However, this scheme was so badly thought out that it not only didn't work with most of these region-free players, but these enhanced discs would also refused to work on some ''region-locked players of the correct region''. Sadly these companies continue to push this enhanced scheme, screwing over anyone who had bought a player that is affected but is otherwise still working fine.

to:

It should be noted that [=DVDs=] allow for RegionCoding, something movie studios do to control their copyright and licensing (and screws fans of a show or movie over in turn if a disc turns out to be a NoExportForYou case). Generally this has resulted law violations in certain countries and in turn resulted in the appearance of Region-Free DVD players. Even many brand name DVD players sold in the market today contain a key sequence one could enter to disable or change region as needed. Granted, the studios, ignoring the potential government lawsuits of these countries, attempted to counter the release of such devices by introducing an enhanced region-locking scheme. However, this scheme was so badly thought out that it not only didn't work with most of these region-free players, but these enhanced discs would also refused refuse to work on some ''region-locked players of the correct region''. Sadly these companies continue to push this enhanced scheme, screwing over anyone who had bought a player that is affected but is otherwise still working fine.
30th Oct '11 5:26:56 PM GastonRabbit
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More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware and different media compression that is able to store more data. (In addition, the terminology is slightly different; unlike how CD-ROM only referred to data [=CDs=], DVD-ROM refers to ''all'' [=DVDs=] that aren't recordable or rewritable, regardless of what is stored on them.) Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.

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More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware hardware[[hottip:*:A DVD has its pits packed more densely than a CD (thus allowing even more BinaryBitsAndBytes), so that is why even a single-layer DVD can hold much more than a CD. Combined with the ability to add a second layer, the need for multiple discs is reduced when one layer isn't enough, as a dual-layer disc and hold twice as much as a single-layer disc.]] and different media compression that is able to store more data. (In addition, the terminology is slightly different; unlike how CD-ROM only referred to data [=CDs=], DVD-ROM refers to ''all'' [=DVDs=] that aren't recordable or rewritable, regardless of what is stored on them.) Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.
11th Oct '11 11:32:37 AM GastonRabbit
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Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats are generally supported by modern DVD writers.

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Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, both the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats are ar generally supported by modern DVD writers.
11th Oct '11 11:31:47 AM GastonRabbit
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Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats are generally supported by DVD writers.

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Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives. In addition, the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats are generally supported by modern DVD writers.
11th Oct '11 11:30:39 AM GastonRabbit
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More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware and different media compression that is able to store more data. Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.

Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives.

to:

More technically accurately known as the Digital Versatile Disc, it was already unofficially being referred to as the Digital Video Disc while being developed and up to launch but received the former name to reflect the non-video capabilities. Even by that point people were just using DVD as probably everybody does nowadays. Some people like to say that [[TakeAThirdOption it's just DVD]] with no proper name but they're not fooling anybody. Like a CompactDisc, but it uses more sophisticated hardware and different media compression that is able to store more data. (In addition, the terminology is slightly different; unlike how CD-ROM only referred to data [=CDs=], DVD-ROM refers to ''all'' [=DVDs=] that aren't recordable or rewritable, regardless of what is stored on them.) Single-layer [=DVDs=] hold about 4.7 gigabytes, while double-layer and double-sided discs can hold up to 9.4 gigabytes, and double-layer double sided discs can hold about 18 gigabytes.

Conventional CD players cannot play [=DVD=]s, but DVD players ''can'' play [=CDs=]. Drives designed to read and write both [=CDs=] and [=DVD=]s are common and inexpensive; as of early 2009, most new [=PCs=] have DVD writers fitted, and dual writers are generally easier to find than plain DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drives.
drives. In addition, the competing DVD-R(W) (developed by the DVD Forum itself as with DVD-ROM) and DVD+R(W) (developed by the DVD+RW Alliance[[hottip:*:Not a typo; RW came before R for the + format.]]) formats are generally supported by DVD writers.
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