Can You Play DVDs on a DVR?by Rob Kemmett
Although their names appear to be similar, DVDs and DVRs have nothing to do with one another. A DVD is a digital video disc that contains video files and full-length movies, while a digital video recorder (DVR) is a device used to record digital television. Although DVDs contain movie files, they cannot be played on a DVR; the two formats are incompatible.
Digital Video Recorder
DVRs record television programs and movies directly from a cable TV connection. The programs stored are digital files saved to the DVR's hard drive. The programs can only be played on the DVR or on a computer with compatible software. Recorded programs can be played at anytime.
Digital Video Disc
DVDs are discs that contain movie files. DVDs cannot be played on a DVR since there is no way to insert the disc into the unit. DVDs are only playable in devices intended for DVDS.
DVDs can be played in DVD players, Blu-Ray players, computers, video game consoles and portable media players. Some DVD players are standard-definition and others are high-definition. To experience the true video quality of a DVD, use a high-definition DVD player.
Where to Purchase
DVRs and DVD players can be purchased from major electronics stores and online retailers. DVRs can also be rented from cable-TV service providers, many of which offer DVR service and provide customers with DVRs for a low monthly fee.