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DVD is the future. Probably!
Member Name: Tristan AC
Date: 06/08/00, updated on 06/08/00 (300 review reads)
Advantages: Great picture and sound quality.
Disadvantages: Where do you put the thing?
DVD is the future of home entertainment. Until they invent something else you might think but consider how long the mighty video has lasted. The advantage with DVD (other than impressing your friends who don't own one yet) is that you get to watch the movie with digital sound and picture quality. This isn't quite so useful if you have an old tv and you're using an arial socket as opposed to a scart lead but you can still tell a lot of difference.
So what does the future hold for DVD. Well, you can be assured that just about every back catalogue of movies in existence will be out in DVD format because they're cheaper to produce than video cassettes and they sell for more. Go figure! Also, at the end of this year, the first reasonably priced recordable DVD players will be available. These are already available for PC's although I haven't found anybody yet who needs to back up 17 gigabytes of data so I can't comment on how useful they are! The benefit of having a recordable DVD is that you can finally throw the old dinosaur VHS player away with it's fast forwarding and rewinding business. Admit it, it would be nice to jump straight to what you want to watch rather than searching for fifteen minutes and boring everybody in the room.
DVD on PC at present (unless you have a big monitor) isn't really worth the hassle. Software titles that need the capacity of a DVD disc are few and far between right now. Plus, they seem to be getting faster every month so I'd wait until you really need one for your PC before you purchase.
So, in summary. Get a DVD player. You'll fall in love with it once you've used a few times, trust me.