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Can regular DVDs be played on Blu-ray players?

by rookaloo / March 19, 2011 5:51 AM PDT

Are DVD player/recorders available with Blu-ray?

Thanks for helping this techno-dummy.

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Yes and Yes
by Dan Filice / March 19, 2011 6:20 AM PDT

Yes you can play regular DVDs in BR players.

Yes, BR recorders are available, but not yet as widely available as regular DVD recorders. To make a BR recorder really useful, one needs to feed it HD source material. Not many people have this ability yet, unless they ere doing HD editing on their computer. Forget about recording HD television programs onto BR discs. It's not going to happen, within the means of most mortals at this time.

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We just want to record TV programs and watch DVDs.
by rookaloo / March 19, 2011 2:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes and Yes

We thought it would be fun to watch BR DVDs but we weren't thinking of doing anything fancy. As I said, we're techno-dummies.

Our old DVD player/recorder is dying. Do you have any suggestions for a replacement?

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DVD recorder/Blu-ray Player
by PistonCupChampion / March 19, 2011 4:25 PM PDT

I _think_what you are asking is if there is a DVD recorder that can also play Blu-ray discs. If that is the case, the answer is no. If you want to record TV shows and watch Blu-rays, you need two pieces: a DVD recorder/player, and a Blu-ray disc player.

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Ok here's the deal;
by ahtoi / March 20, 2011 1:57 AM PDT

There are software that can put BD file in a dvd disc but you can only play them in a BDplayer or computer. The advantage here is that you only need dvd disc and dvd burner, which is more economical than the BD disc and BD burner (however the cost is coming down).

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Just buy a BR player
by Dan Filice / March 20, 2011 2:09 AM PDT

Forget the recording aspect fo BR. Just buy a BR player. It will play all of you standard DVDs. Personally I've had the best luck with Sony BR players. Panasonic has great quality, but I have some standard DVDs that no Panasonic unit can play. Sony is the force behind BR, and their players have played everything. For now, you won't find a BR recording unit that works like your old unit.

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There might be a couple reason why...
by ahtoi / March 19, 2011 11:32 AM PDT

you don't want a standalone BD recorder. Have you seen the price on those thing? How much contents do you think you can copy here in the U.S.? But if you are just doing your own thing, then just use a BD burner. I recently bought one for less than $100.

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