There are many different kinds of DVD players available. It is important to find one that fits your needs.
Standard DVD: This describes the majority of DVD players available - a simple DVD player that you would hook up to a television in your home. These play DVDs as well as audio CDs. Portable: Portable DVD players are meant to be taken with you. Some players come with a DVD player as well as a screen, while others only have the player. Because they are small and self contained, they are often used for travel. Multi-disc DVD Player: These players make it possible to store anywhere from five to 400 disks at a time. Some will allow you to play one disk without interruption while browsing the rest of your collection. DVD/VCR: These machines have both a DVD player as well as a VCR built into a single unit. DVD Recorder: DVD Recorder/Players allow you to record from your television or your video camera as well as allowing you to play your DVDs.
Progressive Scan creates a picture as a single image. This is different from older methods that sometimes caused screens to flicker. Pictures created using the Progressive Scan technique tend to look sharper and crisper. To use the Progressive Scan feature of your DVD player, your TV must also be capable of creating a picture using the Progressive Scan method.
The Video upconversion is the term used to describe the conversion of a lower image resolution to an apparently higher one. In order to achieve that higher resolution, the player fills in additional image data by assessing existing pixels and intelligently predicting what the surrounding pixels should look like. Upconversion is fully used on HD-capable TVs and makes the DVDs be watched at a higher resolution. Upconverted video is typically only available via digital connections like DVI and HDMI.
Dolby Digital (Digital out only), DTS (Digital out only)
It is possible to create theater-like sound quality by hooking up your DVD player to a set of speakers. DVD players are usually compatible with more than one type of the following sound formats and speaker setups.
Dolby Digital Dolby® Digital (AC3) Decoding Built-in allows the 5.1 channels (front right, front left, rear right, rear left, center and subwoofer) of sound to be decoded and then passed on to a receiver with 6-channel inputs. All Dolby® Digital decoders can also decode Dolby® ProLogic sound tracks. A very high percentage of home DVD-videos come with Dolby Digital soundtracks. It is also used in many digital TV channels and broadcasts, including HDTV.
DTS® DTS Decoding like Dolby® Digital, DTS is a 5.1-channel digital surround format that provides a separate channel of sound to five speakers (right, center, left, right surround, left surround) and a subwoofer. DTS is not the standard for most DVD-videos, but many people claim the sound quality is higher than that of Dolby.
Virtual Virtual surround sound attempts to create the illusion of surround sound through just the speakers on your television.
Some Standard TVs have the ability to support memory cards with an integrated memory card slot. This feature allows the TV to display different multimedia files that are stored on flash memory.
Remote controls come in several different types, but among the most common are the standard remote, which only works on your TV, and the universal remote, which allows you to control not only your TV, but other video and audio components.