DVDs Are Still In Vogue, Just Ask Hi­tachi

SmartHouse - - REVIEW // HITACHI - Writ­ten by ATHINA MALLIS

With stream­ing on the up and up, peo­ple think the hum­ble DVD is on its way out but fear not, the dig­i­tal video disk is any­thing but ex­tinct.

DVDs are still a pop­u­lar way of watch­ing con­tent and more con­sumers are em­brac­ing the combo TV and DVD player as they come in a va­ri­ety of sizes and en­try-level prices.

Stream­ing plat­forms like Stan and Net­flix change their con­tent on a monthly ba­sis so some­times a favourite movie or TV show has an ex­piry date, whereas the clas­sic DVD doesn’t dis­ap­pear af­ter two months.

Par­ents are also prone to putting their kids in front of a DVD rather than a stream­ing ser­vice as they know ex­actly what they’re watch­ing and lit­tle Johnny won’t be sneak­ily putting some­thing on he shouldn’t.

Hi­tachi says due to high de­mand from con­sumers the com­pany had no choice but to man­u­fac­ture a TV with a built-in DVD player.

The new Hi­tachi 2018 TV DVD Combo Se­ries is avail­able in three sizes, 24-inch, 32-inch and 40-inch. The com­pany says th­ese three sizes are ‘the most pop­u­lar’ choices for a com­bi­na­tion TV dis­play.

The Hi­tachi Combo Se­ries fea­tures USB play­back with the abil­ity to play movies, mu­sic and show pho­tos. It also has HDMI Arc which sends au­dio back to your AV equip­ment with­out ex­tra ca­bles.

The 24-inch and 40-inch dis­plays are FHD with the 32-inch dis­play HD.

If you’re hankering for a Net­flix Orig­i­nal, you can still make this a smart TV by plug­ging in a stream­ing box (see page 88).

The range is avail­able from early Septem­ber. Prices as fol­lows:

The 24-inch model (VZC24FHD53­00) is priced at $299. The 32-inch model (VZC32HD530­0) is priced at $399. The 40-inch model (VZC40FHD53­00) is priced at $499.

HI­TACHI SAYS DUE TO HIGH DE­MAND FROM CON­SUMERS THE COM­PANY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO MAN­U­FAC­TURE A TV WITH A BUILT-IN DVD PLAYER.

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