The DVD, an abbreviation for digital video disc, is the primary standard for video storage and high level computer storage. Although it is now being replaced in high definition video by Blu-ray discs, it remains standard for many applications. DVDs are lightweight and portable when compared with older tapes.
The creation of the DVD began with two independent and dueling standards. Pressure from computer manufacturers forced the adoption of a single DVD standard. The first players went on sale in 1996 with sales of DVDs eclipsing those of video tapes. Fewer and fewer people have VCRs as that technology has been rendered obsolete by the combination of DVD and Blu-ray players and DVRs (Digital Video Recorders). As online streaming of movies becomes more common, and sales and rentals of physical media of all kinds are likely to decline as result. DVDs were envisioned as useful for high fidelity audio, but have yet to take off in this area. As with record shops, video stores are vanishing from the nation's malls. Despite this news, many movies are still released direct to DVD.
DVDs are also used to store computer data. The greater data storage capability over that of CDs has made them popular for distributing large software programs and also for backing up data. The lightweight discs offer a highly portable backup solution. Dealers and distributors of DVDs sell blank media, often in bulk quantities. Blank DVDs for computer data purposes are sold on spindles or in jewel cases. New disks may be record once, or it may be possible to rewrite them with additional data.
Computer data has also established a market for repair of broken discs. Discs can be resurfaced. Providers of these services may include computer dealers and computer repair shops.
DVDs are circular plastic disks that can digitally store and file data, as well as record and play video and audio. DVDs are sold in music stores, video rental stores, movie stores, and book stores, which may also sell records, compact discs, videos, and cassettes. Versatile DVDs are on their way to replacing VHS video tapes, surpassing tapes as they most popular way to watch a movie. You can purchase high-capacity DVD audio books and box sets from stores that sell high-definition and blu-ray DVDs. You can find such stores in your local mall, or check online directory listings for music shops, dealers, providers and manufacturers near you. Online, you can also check out the latest releases, download movies, find out what the worldwide bestsellers are at the moment, and shop for DVDs at cheap sale prices. DVDs make great gifts for any occasion. Target your search to stores and shops that sell the type of movie you're interested in. The larger video and music stores usually carry all types of DVDs, including DVD-RW and DVD-R, in all genres for all ages. Some small shops and stores sell only vintage or specialty sale DVDs. For service, visit your local electronics store, if you need your ROM, player or optical lens fixed, upgraded or repaired. Or, return to the store where you bought the player and if your warranty covers it, the provider will repair it for free or low cost. If you have a problem with a recordable or rewritable DVD and need resurface services, you may be able to send it back to the provider, dealer, distributor, or manufacturer for a new one or a repair.