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Can I Play a Blu-ray Disc on a DVD Player?

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Blu-ray Disc players are able to play Blu-ray discs and DVDs as well as CDs. Some can also play other disc types such SACDs or DVD-Audio Disks.

You can play a DVD with a Bluray Disc player but you cannot play a Bluray Disc with a DVD player . Anybody who claims otherwise is misleading consumers.

Blu-ray Discs Cannot Be Played by DVD Players

 

Blu-ray Discs can’t be played on DVD players because they contain more audio and video information than a DVD player is capable of reading.

A Bluray disc‘s “pits” are smaller than a DVD. DVD players require a red laser to read the information.

Blue lasers emit a shorter wavelength of light, which allows for a Blu-ray Disc to be focused on smaller pits. The disc’s pits contain the audio and video information, as well as DVDs or CDs.

Why Blu-ray Disc Player DVD Players Are Suitable

 

Blu-ray Disc players can play DVDs because they have both red and blue lasers.

A red laser emits a shorter wavelength than a normal blue laser. This allows it to read larger pits on CDs and DVDs.

You can read a DVD by inserting it into a Bluray Disc player.

The same red laser assembly that is used to make DVDs will be used to read a CD when you insert it into a Bluray Disc player.

Blu-ray Discs Don’t have to be purchased if you don’t own a Bluray Player

 

You don’t need to buy a Bluray Disc version of a movie if you don’t have a Bluray Disc player. If you have both a Bluray Disc player and one or more DVD players, then you’ll need to purchase both Blu-ray and DVD copies of the movie.

Studio packages often include both a Bluray Disc and DVD version of a movie to help solve this problem.

Blu-ray/DVD Flipper Disc

 

Universal Studios tried out a series of “flipper discs” in 2009/10. They were Blu-ray on one side, DVD on the other. The three titles were from the Bourne series The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Ultimatum. They were not offered in a set, but only individually. Other flipper disc titles include Traffic and Letters from Juliet. Read the Blu-ray.com article for more information.

Blu-ray Bluray Disc and Ultra HD Players

 

A second disc format is Ultra HD Bluray.

Ultra HD Bluray is different than both Blu-ray and dvd. Ultra HD Bluray Discs can only be played on standard Bluray Disc and DVD players. Ultra HD Bluray Disc players are able to play Blu-ray discs, DVDs and Music CDs.

Some Ultra HD Bluray players are not compatible with 3D Bluray discs.

The bottom line

 

A DVD player is fine if you still own and collect DVDs. If you also have a Blu-ray Disc player you can still play those DVDs. You have two options to play the same Blu-ray Disc movie: a DVD copy and a Blu-ray Disc copy.

Blu-ray Disc players can be very affordable these days. If you want to play Blu-ray Discs from other rooms in your house, you will find it more cost-effective to get another Blu-ray player.

You can play 4K Ultra HD Bluray Discs in a Bluray or DVD player. However, Ultra HD disc movies come with a Bluray Disc copy. This helps to ease the pain of switching formats.

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