Do You Still Have The Technology to Play a DVD?

We still have two VHS players that I can set up if I want to watch an old video tape. I was wondering if people are already disposing of their DVD Players.

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    Still own a device capable of playing a DVD
  • 9
    No longer own anything that can play a DVD

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  • +10 votes

    Laptop, Xbox or PS4 are what we use to play DVDs. Haven't had the DVD player plugged in for a long time.

  • +1 vote

    Just my consoles PS4 and Xbox One… but in saying that I wouldn't use one since I have a descent tv so blu-ray is all I watch. You can pick up super cheap DVD drive from most computing stores if they still stock them.

  • +2 votes

    Got rid of all my dvd's back in 2012 i haven't touched disc for movies or tv shows since.

  • +1 vote

    I still have a DVD recorder, which I purchased back in 2009? I only used it twice. It has also been years since I watched a DVD even though I have plenty of movies.

  • +1 vote

    DVD/VHS combo sits in tv cabinet in family room, but the only RCA input on back of TV is taken by the Wii. Haven't used it for years but it stays there 'just in case'.

    could also use laptop or desktop, also have a bluray player in rumpus room. we don't have any Blu-ray discs, it came with our plasma as a promotion. actually there is another DVD/VHS combo in rumpus too……..

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      You still have a Plasma tv smh. You know its probably half your electric bill.

      • +1 vote

        not in use, has been put away. Panasonic G10.

        it was in main viewing area - replaced with cheapo Soniq LED for that exact reason.

      • +1 vote

        I gave my neighbour my last Panasonic plasma just because of the power cost. She has it on all day. Possibly uses it for heating also.

      • +4 votes

        I won't be throwing my pioneer 5090 away. I'd rather burn electric than switch to lcd.
        Still use dvd too for old boxsets etc to watch before shut eye..

      • +3 votes

        I don't understand this exaggeration of plasma TV power consumption. Sure it consumes significantly more power compared to LED/LCD TVs, but in the grand scheme of things, it is not that much. My 55 inch Plasma TV power consumption is specced at 125W. If I leave it on for 10 hours a day, it consumes 1.25kW, which is about 40c?

        • +3 votes

          Plasma also adjusts consumption based on what you are watching etc.. LCD will be constantly drawing what is on the label. (IIRC)

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          That means it prob less than same size LCD.
          I read some are around 130-150W

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        Plasma forever! *

        *until OLED 65" drops a bit more :)

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    I do not make new pc builds with cd/dvd, I never supported the crappy designed to break things anyway. But I do have a bunch of old drives that can be chucked in a rig at the new owners insistence. I will use absolutely any other form of data storage, just not coffee coasters. I use the cloud for my pc and console games, having them linked to an account that outlasts my rig is super convenient. If i had to play one, I would use the pristine PS4 drive, just to see if it even works.

    • +1 vote

      Without hijacking this thread too much, are the disc drives in PS3 and PS4 known to be quality? I heard audiophiles saying the old PS1's are great as CD players, am wondering if I come across a secondhand PS3 for $20 whether it's worth buying as a CD/DVD player?

      Also stormii, I have to respect your intense dislike for the coffee coasters. I love them - this way I can still tell people I listen to digital music!

      • +2 votes

        No idea, I'm more a vinyl girl. Research your model before buying and buy T8/T10 screwdrivers so you can clear the dust inside that bricks them. Never buy one of those PSone little cheapo boxes of crap. Only ever get original PS1 if going full retro.

        • +1 vote

          Vinyl! Hi fives Stormii My Record player is 45 years old and going strong, but I've got a thousand CDs and no player….

          That's a great idea about the screwdrivers to clear the dust, should carry a set while out digging :)

        • +5 votes

          @carwashhair: Yeah, I was a hipster before it was cool to be a hipster, and I will likely still be one long after it is daggy again >.<

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          Vinyl audio is bizarre. Normally a technology, once superceded and discarded, never makes a comeback. Even hipsters don't own black and white CRT TVs or rotary telephones.

        • -1 vote

          @Thaal Sinestro: It is because of soundwaves. Digitized music, makes the normal soundwaves step, and is compressed. The first thing to go is the top and bottom decibel limits, those notes you cant hear, but move your soul. Vinyl is still the best tech we have for hearing true recorded sound (that is available to the masses).

  • +1 vote

    There's the DVD player in my TV cabinet but it has been disconnected for ~2 years

  • +1 vote

    Yes. We got DVD player to watch movies hired from Hoyts Kiosk

  • +1 vote

    I still have a VHS/DVD combo that is still going strong. Althouh the VHS part gets very little use. The DVD player gets used once or twice a month

  • +1 vote

    We only buy blu-rays now but still some old DVDs left. We have 3 Panasonic BR players. One for each TV. No need for DVD players any more.

  • +2 votes

    I went and bought a cheap (~$20) external USB DVD writer as most of my PCs, Laptops and Servers don't have internal drives. Think I have had it for 2 years now and still have not had the need to use it. For the TV, have Xbone and PS3 if need to play anything.

  • +1 vote

    I use my PS4 to play DVDs (even have the remote), also have a PS3. Got a USB 3 DVD/BR drive to plug into the laptop… to rip DVDs. I never deal with data CDs/DVDs anymore. Most of my family just use a PS3 to play DVDs (even if they don't play games much).

  • +1 vote

    I had a DVD/HDD Recorder that just recently got retired when I moved house. I am still hanging onto it for the recordings that are on it but will probably just pull the hard drive out of it and discard the rest.

    My only other DVD player got tossed in the bin during the move. I do have a Blu Ray player. I donated all my DVD movies to Lifeline. The only ones I held onto are music/concert DVDs and Seinfeld.

  • +1 vote

    It's in the roof space

  • +2 votes

    I have fast enough internet to stream 1080p movies, it’s faster and more convenient than getting up and putting a DVD into a slot

  • +1 vote

    I still have a Pioneer DVD player (DV 490V) plugged into the main TV (Sony 4K HDR). I was a very expensive player when new and actually does a remarkable job, as it outputs in 1080i with HDMI.

    If you still have a DVD library, then it would be worth tracking down one of these. Compared to using a PS4 or anything else, it just blows those away.

  • +1 vote

    DVD player for the TV.

    DVD reader/writer in the desktop PC.

    Plug in DVD reader/writer for the laptop.

    Eventually I imagine we'll move to 100% streaming.

  • +1 vote

    Interesting question.

    I have a DVD RW drive on my main rig that sees any use. My PS4 is the only other device with an optical drive and that is used to play only Blu rays.

    Remaining 7 laptops and 1 other desktop and "microserver" do not have a DVD/CD player.

    What is really interesting is that I've completely cut over to streaming and Internet downloads. I threw in a DVD drive into my gaming rig because games are getting massive (some games like BF3/4/1 are like 64Gig downloads), so I could buy physical media from brick and mortar stores and have the game up and running in short order.

    However, this is no longer the case. It's becoming increasingly common for:
    - The 'physical' case containing a disc with portion of the actual installation; i.e. still have to download a ton.
    - The 'physical' case containing nothing but the game code (and occasionally a disc with just steam/origin installers on it)
    - Day 1 patches becoming multi-gig downloads, so even if you install the complete game from disc, you still have a humongous download after.

    The final nail in the coffin was when I moved to my current residence which has a 100/40 Mbps Internet connectivity. So I'd much rather prefer downloading games at 11-12 MBps (with minimal patching as the latest instance of the game is being downloaded) vs 14-16MBps from DVD (which would also require constant nursing, swapping discs and finally a gigantic patch) to get up and running.

    So the last time I used my DVD drive was >1 year ago to run the installer for ESO.

  • +1 vote

    Xb1, Surround Sound and my PC play DVD's and Blu-ray, however it's rare that I use them.

  • +1 vote

    USB Bluray drive and consoles.

    My PC doesn't have a disc drive anymore, hardly ever use it.

  • +2 votes

    Never buy them anymore (other than from op shops), but still watch them fairly regularly. Netflix losing the rights to a bunch of shows I watch helped in that department, plus I enjoyed old releases of shows like Futurama that were stacked with special features.

    Slowly ripping them over to Plex but that's incredibly time-consuming.

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    Thanks for all the response.
    Ron

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    D.V.D? What is this ancient object you speak of?

  • +2 votes

    Using a DVD involves so much effort. Streaming something off the internet can be achieved without moving my lazy butt off the sofa.

  • +1 vote

    I still have a miniDV recorder and i needed it to play these miniDV tapes. DVD? of course i do….

  • +1 vote

    It is a good question you have posed in these times of rapidly changing technologies.

    I sold my last VHS player several years ago for ~ $50. I still have a Pioneer device which can record SD footage to an inbuilt 250 GB HDD and/or burn the data (Mpeg2 format) to a DVD, but haven't used it for over a year. Since the local video store closed down a year ago I haven't played and Blurays in my separate Samsung entertainment unit. I have a BluRay burner in my computer, but lately have only used it to rip Music Cds that I have borrowed.

  • +1 vote

    Back in my days we had VCD's, and to watch a movie you'd have to put up with changing the disc at least twice or up to 3 times as the VCD only contained 700MB of data per disc.

    • +1 vote

      But it was worth it to see a bootleg copy of the latest Chow Yun Fat or Andy Lau.

  • +1 vote

    Optical drive in my pc.
    I've seen a lot of PC cases don't have a spot for an optical drive.
    I decided to have one for ripping CDs and Blurays that I buy.

    I think it's a bit sad that DVDs are being phased out in place of streaming, purely because DVDs include bonus features.

  • +1 vote

    One XBOX One S And one 4K Bluray player.

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