With VHS, your basic equipment need is a player/recorder and a tape for cleaning the playing/recording heads in the machine. You put a tape in, hit a button and then sit back and enjoy a glitch free presentation. These tapes can be played many times without a problem. Recording is also a simple one button operation.
With DVD you have the player and a cleaning disk and there the similarity with VHS ends. Despite the claims of better picture, sound and other claims made for DVD's, I find them highly frustrating. You have to make sure you only handle them by the hole in the middle and the edges. On the first play through, about 75% of them will give you a glitch free play, but on the second or third time, you'll start getting little breakups, glitches, stops, hiccups or in some cases, they will stop and that is the end of viewing.
So, the next step in that little parade is to go out and buy a disk cleaning kit (ka-ching). My first one was a manual one, which was difficult to use, so I purchased an automatic one (ka-cihg). I spray on the cleaning solution and stuck it in the machine and the machine spins it around. Then I take it out of the machine and use a special cloth that comes with the kit to remove excess solution and then another little cloth is used to "buff" it.
After all this hassle, I stick the disk back into the player and if I'm lucky, there just may be only a few glitches.
I shudder to think what would happen if the disk gets dropped onto the floor.
Now, with blue-ray, you have to have a different player. (ka-ching)
One other frustrating thing about DVD's. Some 'expert' nut cases have determined that 'wide screen' format is better than full screen. When I purchased my TV, I purchased a certain screen size. I don't really need to have 1/3 or more of my screen blacked out, because someone else thinks it's better. All it does is reduce my viewing area down to a smaller picture.
I sincerely believe that DVD technology was created for the sole purpose of putting more money into the pockets of the manufacturers the discs and accessories.
Excuse me, but I think I'll go put in a VHS tape and relax with a hiccup free presentation.
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