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DVD
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The data side of a DVD manufactured by Sony DADC
Media typeOptical disc
EncodingDVD-ROM and DVD-R(W) use one encoding, DVD-RAM and DVD+R(W) uses another
Capacity4.7 GB (single-sided, single-layer – common)
8.5 GB (single-sided, double-layer)
9.4 GB (double-sided, single-layer)
17.08 GB (double-sided, double-layer)
Up to four layers are possible in a standard form DVD.
Read mechanism300-650 nm laser, 10.5 Mbit/s (1×)
Write mechanism650 nm laser with a focused beam using more power than for reading, 10.5 Mbit/s (1×)
StandardDVD Forum's DVD Books[1][2][3] and DVD+RW Alliance specifications
Developed bySony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Philips, Samsung
DimensionsDiameter: 12 cm (4.7 in)
Thickness: 1.2 mm (0.047 in)
Weight16 grams (0.56 oz)
UsageStandard definition video, standard definition sound, PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 games
Extended fromLaserDisc
Compact disc
Extended toDVD+RW, DVD-RAM (Fixed-track writable media)
HD-DVD
Blu-ray
ReleasedNovember 1, 1996 (1996-11-01) (Japan)[4]
January 1997 (1997-01) (CIS and other Asia)
March 24, 1997 (1997-03-24) (United States)[5][6][7]
March 1998 (1998-03) (Europe)
February 1999 (1999-02) (Australia)