DVDs Are Still In Vogue, Just Ask Hitachi
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.