The DVD player has a long history that began in the 1990s. Much like the CD, it gained popularity quickly after its birth in 1995. It was originally made by Phillips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic and sold through electronics shops and online auctions, such as eBay. The DVD player was originally very similar to the conventional CD player with a few exceptions. It started as a higher-capacity player and rapidly moved towards being a household device.
The main benefit of the DVD player and DVD discs is that they can contain more information than a standard CD. It can also carry digital content as well as music. The reason for its increased capacity is because the original DVDs could be burned on both sides of the disc. As the DVD caught on, many production companies began to convert their films over to the more durable DVD format. In order to understand the changing technology used in DVD players, one must understand the timeline of changes made to the DVD players throughout the years after its invention.
The Beginning of the DVD Player
In the beginning of the DVD technology revolution, the DVDs were written in binary code and the DVD player had to interpret the ones and zeros of the binary code. This was a simple way to record data, visuals, and music onto one disc. There were previous attempts to do this before the first DVD player came out. The large laser disc player was one of these attempts. The larger disc player used a disc about the size of an LP record in order to bring digital quality to television. For a long time after the large laser discs invention, discs became smaller as technology advanced.
In these days, the DVD disc could hold between 4 and 5 GB of data. Since the DVD player reads the disc with a laser, it was possible to get computer screen-like quality from a normal television set. When CDs came out, researchers and research development departments began working on the DVD and the DVD player. As the technology developed, the CD gradually replaced the video cassette tape and CD players replaced VCRs. As this happened, DVDs were developed and gradually began to replace CDs. The main reason why DVD players were considered superior to CD players was the storage capacity of the DVD, in which it could take up to 17 CDs to record the information on one DVD disc.
Moving Through the 1990s
After its invention in 1995, the first DVD player was released two years later in 1997. At this point, they were much slower and could not record. The DVD player was just a player and not a recorder. There were plans to introduce the recordable DVD in 1999, but it was dependent on a special card in either the player or the television to transmit information to the audio and video components of the television. Unfortunately, due to formatting issues, a standard for DVD recording and playback was not reached, and this is the reason for the regional DVD players and recorders. DVD players in the late 1990s and early 2000s gradually gained more usable space, which was the main focus of those who developed DVDs. Recording onto a DVD is still being perfected.
Gradual Changes to the DVD Player
As storage capacities were increased, the players had to have the ability to read the highly-compressed data that made up DVDs. They used this compression to burn films to one specific side of a DVD. The DVD also contained metadata that was encoding into the music and films. This allowed a player to show special content on a computer or a DVD player. It was too expensive to record on both sides at the time. As DVDs advanced, the DVD player advanced. The manufacturers of the player began to use a blue laser to read DVDs, which vastly improved its speed. It also improved the player’s ability to read high-density information making it ideal for large amounts of data or a single film. The DVD players were also outfitted to be able to read the extra data or metadata on a DVD.
In 2000, DVDs were rapidly taking over the film industry and the film rental industry. Also in 2000, the first video game system also included DVD technology. This marked one of the more significant changes in both the gaming world and the film business. Since devices started to be able to multi-task, the DVD became even more popular. More game systems jumped on the bandwagon making the inclusion of DVD players standard in many different devices.
During this time, a smaller version of the DVD player was invented. This invention later became the portable DVD player. Being portable made the DVD player popular for use on planes, long trips, and private viewing. Since it was always a digital format, the portable DVD players began using USB connections so that they could be connected to a computer system.
The Changing Uses of DVD Players
The uses for DVD players began to change after the portable DVD player and its computer compatibility became more popular. After 2000, companies began releasing films only on DVD instead of releasing them on both DVD and VHS. At the same time, many of the films that were already released on VHS tapes were being converted to DVD.
Due to its popularity, the DVD player gradually became the DVD recorder, which not only allowed patrons to record the programmes they wanted to watch but also convert their VHS tapes to the more permanent DVD format. These changes triggered a change in the DVD disc. Companies began manufacturing DVD-Rs. This is the recordable form of the DVD disc, and DVD players were modified to be recordable. This modification was accomplished by adding a DVD burner very similar the the already established CD burner that was included in most computers. Since people could now record onto DVDs, they were able to get rid of the traditional VCR because the DVD recorder and player did what a VCR could do and more.
One thing that the DVD recorders could do that the VCR could not was give the user a certain amount of interactivity. This led to the invention of DVD games and other entertainment. When computer companies realised that DVDs could be used for entertainment and films, they began to look seriously at the DVD’s storage capacity.
DVD Players and Computers
By the time that the rewritable DVD came out, computer companies began using the technology to package software. The manufacturers of computers began to replace the older CD-ROMs with DVD players and burners. The ability to put a single programme that once needed four or five discs, onto one disc with a DVD player and writer was much more efficient. Today, many of the backup, music burning, and programmes are placed on DVDs, making the player one of the more popular items. After the computer and portable DVD player revolution, DVD players began to completely change the way people viewed information, backed up their computers, and installed programmes. They now can be found in cars to keep kids entertained, aeroplanes, and various other means of transit.
Buying a DVD Player on eBay
A person can buy a DVD player on the popular auction website, eBay. This can be done by simply typing in the search terms into eBay’s search bar, and clicking on the search button. This brings up a list of the DVD players currently for sale or auction. This is a good way to browse the different types of DVD players to find the one that is right for you. When you find one that fits your lifestyle and budget, just select it and click on the listing. This displays the description of the player and other helpful information.
Read the description carefully, making note of what is and is not there. If there is a specification that is not listed in the description, you can ask the seller questions about it from the listing. On this page is another search box so that you can refine your search, shipping and return policies, seller feedback, and the seller's ratings. The seller's feedback is important because you can see what others have said about that seller. If there were problems with previous transactions or if the sale went smoothly are two important things that the feedback tells you. eBay also lists certain sellers as top-rated sellers. These are sellers who have an extremely high feedback rating and have conformed to all of eBay's policies.
The DVD player has had a long history of slow advancement. It has gone from a small storage device and a player for films to being used in computers and game systems. The technology of the DVD player has changed drastically since its invention in 1995. The laser technology as well as the media technology has improved over the years as well. Many of the changes have been extremely positive and as the price of the players decreased, they became more available to the general public. This availability caused the manufacturers of the players to make DVD players that were technologically advanced and easily affordable. The DVD-R suddenly allowed people to be able to give up their VCRs in favour of the more permanent DVD discs. Despite its many changes, the DVD player has remained essentially the same mechanism as it was when it was first invented. It still uses similar laser technology that was invented with the CD player and perfected with the DVD player. If a person wants to purchase a DVD player, they are easily found on the auction website, eBay.