Best Format to Watch Movies: Blu-ray vs DVD vs Digital File

Diana Joan

May 06, 2015 01:14 am / Posted by Diana Joan

There are mainly three different ways for us to enjoy our favorite movies or videos. We can make a purchase or rental of all our preferred movies in DVD or Blu-ray disc to watch at home with DVD or Blu-ray player, or buy movies in digital video format from online store or websites. It is really hard to say which way is best, but you can make your own choice after reading the following article.

Comparison of Blu-ray & DVD & Digital File

Advantages of Blu-ray

Storage: Can hold about 25GB of data, while dual layer can hold as much as 50GB of data.

Quality: Because of the larger storage capacity, it can hold much more video and audio data with higher quality, in addition, Blu-ray disc support resolution up to 1920×1080.

Content: The additional content can be included on Blu-ray disc.

3D: the latest 3D movies now only distributed on Blu-ray

Blu-ray disc

Disadvantages of Blu-ray

Cost: The movies and TV shows in Blu-ray disc format cost more than DVD.

Availability: Not all of the old movies are available in Blu-ray format.

Advantages of DVD

Cost: The price of DVD disc are much more cheaper than Blu-ray

Availability: All movies ever made is available in DVD format.

DVD disc

Disadvantages of DVD

Storage: A standard DVD disc can hold up to 4.7GB of data, dual layer DVDs can hold about 8.5-8.7GB of data, which is much less than Blu-ray disc.

Quality: Due to the much lower storage capacity, it is not possible to watch HD content on DVD.

Content: The additional content will be on a separate disc.

3D: All the latest movies are only coming out with 3D format on Blu-ray disc.

Advantages of Digital File

Quality: Digital file can be recorded with higher quality than DVD and the same video quality as Blu-ray.

Availability: You can either enjoy digital file from online websites or download them to your local computer or transfer to portable devices.

Digital video

Disadvantages of Digital file:

Some digital file format may not be compatible with the portable devices.


From the above detailed comparison, we can make a conclusion that Blu-ray disc can offer better quality content than DVD and digital file, but will cost more money. DVD discs are cheaper but the storage is very limited. Digital files are more flexible and portable file format than both DVD and Blu-ray. Want to make digital file from DVD or Blu-ray Disc? Here, you can download Pavtube DVDAid or Pavtube BDMagic to rip or convert DVD or Blu-ray to your desired common files formats to enjoy on portable devices with ease.

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