DVD vs Blu-ray

Before we begin the comparison, we at VideoCrib would like to remind you that your individual results or preferences may vary, according to your budget (what you are willing to spend), the performance of your TV and cables, your particular device settings, i.e., how you set up your components, and last but not least...

the quality of the feed, for example from your cable/satellite provider, or your dvd/blu-ray player.

At VideoCrib, we feel though at face-value the Blu-ray offers superior performance to DVD, if you are not able to switch to Blu-ray for whatever reason(s), you can still achieve 'almost Blu-ray performance' through the use of good quality cables, the right picture adjustments and good quality components.  For everyday viewing, this is not too shabby, and many of the newer model TV's and DVD players have gotten better and better at 'upconverting' your DVD picture to 1080p than in years past.

OK...Here we go:

Picture Quality - 

    Blu-ray's maximum lines of resolution is 1,920x1,080 (1080p), DVD is limited to 720x480 (480p).

    Winner => Blu-ray

    What it means => More detailed images, like clearer face detail, wrinkles on clothes, individual hairs.  Blu-ray may look even better than your HD feed from your Cable/Satellite provider.

DVD vs Blu-ray
Pictured: DVD(left) vs Blu-ray(right)

Audio Quality - 
     Blu-ray has new high-resolution soundtracks, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
     You will need a late model receiver/amp, though, to take advantage of them.

     Winner => Blu-ray
      What it means => You'll be hearing special effects and other sounds as the film studio director/engineers intended.

Extras -                                             
     Blu-ray adds the 'pop-up' menu feature, which provides access to menu functions while the movie continues to play.
     Also adds picture-in-picture video commentary.
     Ability to download new content.

     Winner => it's a tie (not everyone is interested in these added features, which have been fairly mediocre to date).

Load Times -  

     Was ridiculously slow for Blu-ray in the past, but has been improved.
      Today, Blu-rays can still take from 30 seconds up to 1 minute on average to load.

      Winner => DVD

Available Titles -

    At present time, there are over 3,500 Blu-ray titles available.
     At present time, there are over 100,000 DVD titles available.

     (Here you may view an excellent selection of these titles at great prices.
     You can also view some Movie Classics).

      Winner => DVD (simply much more to watch and enjoy)

Cost -

      At present time, prices for Blu-ray players start at $150 and up (to $400), and the actual movies cost about $25.
     Trying to build up a Blu-ray library versus DVD could really add up to a lot of $$.
     DVD players are as cheap as $40 and you can probably get a good HD upconverting one for under $100.

     Whichever one you choose, you can get some awesome player deals right here.

      Winner => DVD

Compatibility/Portability -   

    DVD discs will play in any Blu-ray player.
      Blu-ray discs will not play in any DVD player.   

     Winner => DVD

     So...maybe you'd like a cheap and easy way to copy some of your Blu-ray discs to DVD.  Visit our Copy Blu-ray to DVD page to find out.

Digital Disc

 Additional Comparisons
Item Compared
Total Disc Storage Capacity
4.7GB (single layer)
8.5GB (dual layer)
25GB (single layer)
50GB (dual layer)
Video storage capacity (per dual-layer disc)
SD: approximately 3 hours
'Standard Definition'
SD: approximately 23 hours
HD: 8.5 or 5.6 hours, depending on the method of encoding
Compatible video game consoles
PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Player prices
$99 and less
$150 to $400
Movie prices
$6 and more (retail)
$20 to $30 (retail)
Availability of set-top recorders
Region coded players and discs
Copy protection/digital rights management
Macrovision, CSS

By the way...To stream or not to stream? Are discs obsolete, should I just stream my content?

Although there have been many improvements to Video streaming sites, especially in terms of video quality (more so than audio quality), in our opinion Blu-ray disc is still overall a superior choice, and with the discs you are not tied to having to use a specific streaming device to view your content.  However, if collecting or lugging those discs around is too much of a hassle for your 'on-the-go lifestyle', then you may want to try streaming since many of the providers (like Netflix) have recently begun streaming in 1080p Blu-ray resolution (keep in mind there may be additional charges to view these titles).

  So...given all we have discussed here, we sincerely hope that you now have enough info to make the best possible choice(s) for yourself. Good Luck and Happy Viewing!

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