Home Video & DVD
Get the home video & DVD information about setting up the right technology for you and your family here at HowStuffWorks. Read about Blu-ray technology, DVRs, TiVo, Netflix and more.
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How FlatWire Works
How Switched Digital Video Works
How Satellite HD Works
Soon you'll have to stop borrowing your best friend's mom's cousin's account and get your own. But how does Netflix know you're freeloading?
Between the greenish images and the audio glitches, hardly anyone looks or sounds good on video chat. But there are some simple techniques to make you seem more like the star you are.
DVD players are exceptionally precise pieces of equipment. See how DVD players work, including information on DVD drives, outputs and more.
By Gayle A. Alleman
You can run out of DVR space faster than you think. Learn about hooking up your DVD player to a DVR to record in this article.
Even though the storage capacity of a DVD is huge, the uncompressed video data of a full-length movie would never fit on a DVD. In order to fit a movie on a DVD, you need video compression.
If you recently got a DVD player you might be wondering what all those connectors on the back are for. Don't worry, you don't have to use them all -- a lot of the connectors are actually redundant.
It wasn't too long ago that VHS tapes dominated the home video market, but now, DVDs have all but wiped them out. Learn how a DVD player reads a disc, see what to look for when buying a player, and read up on a little DVD history.
By Gayle A. Alleman
How do VHS tapes prevent you from bootlegging a copy of a movie? Find out here!