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About DVDs

Even while it looks like streaming platforms are becoming the default option for watching movies and TV shows, there are still plenty of reasons to consider buying these contents in DVDs, or even Blu-Rays.

Even though it is convenient to watch any program by just turning on a streaming service and searching for the program or a movie, there are multiple factors that make streaming services inferior to DVDs. Firstly, almost all streaming services highly compress both video and audio to make them streamable on a standard internet connection. Secondly, you can only access content from a streaming service as long as you are subscribed to it. On the other hand, if you buy a DVD, it is yours forever. This article will tell you everything you need to know about them.

A guide to DVD systems

They first came into existence in the late 1990s. During this time, Compact disks dominated the market. While a typical Compact Disk only had a storage capacity of 700MB, a DVD could store 4GB or more. This meant that you could fit a whole movie into a single disk. This was pretty revolutionary for its time. But it has been more than two decades since then, and the technology has improved a lot. Read this article to know more about them. Having a better understanding of them will help you make the right choices when you shop.

DVD recorders

Not many people use DVD recording features. Moreover, most of them do not even know that such a feature exists. Oftentimes, when you buy a DVD player, the DVD recorder will be integrated into the system. People often confuse writing a DVD using a computer with recording with a DVD player. However, both of these are not the same. Using a DVD recorder, it is possible to record TV shows over the air. That being said, the legality of recording a TV show over the air can vary depending on where you live and what show you are recording.

DVD players

A DVD player is any device that can read the DVD and play its data to you. It can be a small audio-only player or an audio-video player with an integrated screen or external screen support. When you are buying a DVD player, the audio quality, video bitrate, and the types of disks it can play are of major concern. Also, check what kind of video output the player has. In older players, the video output was either over an RCA cable or an RF cable. In modern players, it is through HDMI or DisplayPort cables. Both HDMI and DP cables are far superior to the older standards.

DVD home theatre

As the name suggests, DVD home theatre can transform your home into a mini theatre. The difference between a home theatre and a regular disk player is that the former always comes with a set of speakers and sometimes even a large screen. Depending on the brand and price range of the home theatre, the speaker configuration can be different. The most affordable option is a 3.1 speaker setup. This will include three tweeters and a woofer or a subwoofer. Then there are 5.1 and 7.1 setups, which provide a superior surround sound experience to the users.

Blu Ray vs DVD

If you go shopping for a home theatre, the most important decision you need to make is whether to buy a regular DVD home theatre or a blu ray home theatre. Blu-ray home theatres are, obviously, the expensive option even though the price has been coming down in the past few years. So, should you pay the extra money for a Blu-ray? Well, because Blu-ray disks can hold more data, they offer better image and sound quality. A blu ray player will always support DVDs, but DVD players do not support blu ray disks. So, if you want to future proof your home theatre and want to experience movies of the best quality, you should get a blu ray player.

Tips on how to buy DVDs

Finding the right type of DVD can be much harder than you might think. Because there are thousands and millions of different types and categories out there, trying to choose one or two out of them can be an overwhelming task. That being said, it is really easy if you know what factors to consider in a disk. Here are some tips that will help you find the right disk while you are shopping for regular, entertainment or educational items.

  • Type of DVD – There are recordable disks, rewritable disks, single-use disks, and copy-protected disks. Choose what type of disk you want. Writable, writable or single-use disks do not work with DVD recorders. In order to record something, live on to a disk, you need to have a recordable disk.
  • Entertainment preferences – Decide what kind of content you want on the DVD. It can be movies, TV series, sports, documentaries, animation videos, and fitness classes, or whatnot. After that do some research online and decide exactly what movies or TV shows you would like to buy. This is important because unlike watching something on a streaming service, you might want to add the disk to your collection.
  • Blu ray vs DVD – A lot of movies and TV services these days are coming out on both regular disks and blu ray disks. You will know the difference when you see them both side by side. Blu-ray pictures have less compression and offer an immersive experience, especially in a home theatre set-up.
  • Look for offers – Do not simply buy the first results that you find online. There will be plenty of offers for entertainment DVDs when you are shopping online. These offers will pretty much be there regardless of the time of the year. So, always check if the DVD you want to buy is on offer or not. Sometimes, you might be able to find a coupon that will give you a ten or twenty per cent reduction on the price.

There are plenty of DVD options that will help you get the most out of your time. These include categories like Action & Adventure, Animation, Film House & International, Humour, Children & Family, Romance & Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror, and Feature Films & Musicals. You can find any of them easily using our shopping search engine . That way you can compare the prices and features of these and pick the best one among them. Finally, don’t forget to check out other amazing offerings from the Multimedia category.

Question & Answer

Are DVDs recyclable?

All the available items are made of a special kind of plastic called polycarbonates. Polycarbonate plastics come under #7 plastic and are recyclable. Besides the plastic itself, there will be a very thin layer of aluminium or gold inside the disk. Not surprisingly, these are also recyclable. Therefore, there are no parts in a digital disk that are not recyclable using today’s technology. And because polycarbonates are harmful to the environment and other living things if you dispose of them incorrectly, it becomes even more important to recycle them.

How to store DVDs without cases?

The best and safest way to store them is to store them in their boxes. But this method is not practical if you have a large collection of them. Because DVD boxes take up ten times more volume than the disks inside them, storing them in their boxes can be difficult if you have a lot of them. In that case, you can try a few different options. One is to get a binder for disks. These binders will be in the form of a photo album with slots for digital disks in the pages. The second option is to use a disk slip basket. Yet another option is to build a dedicated shelf case to store the disks.

Are blu ray DVDs worth the money?

Quite a lot of people these days watch videos using streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Vimeo. The video and audio quality in none of these services are really that great. All of them compress the original video so that most people can seamlessly stream them over the internet without experiencing lag. However, neither of them will give you the best movie-watching experience. Because a single blue ray disk can store up to fifty GB of data, these disks can store uncompressed movies. As more and more movies are coming out on Blu- ray these days, it is worth getting if you want to watch movies in HDR.

If you are looking to buy DVDs online in the UAE, look no further as you are in the right place. There are more than 500 shops and brands offering them here on Here you can find shops that offer disks from popular brands like Marvel, Baby Einstein, Studio Ghibli, ABC, Leapfrog, Boomerang, and Cinema Paradiso.

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