by Paul Sanders
Not all recordable disc formats are compatible with all DVD players, but most players support a core collection of the most common disc formats, allowing you to watch movies and listen to music in certain formats through your DVD player and home theater system. Check descriptions for the following disc formats to see whether the DVD player you're considering will play them.
DVD video: This is the most common format used to mass-produce movies and can be played universally on any DVD player. You'll usually see a "DVD Video" logo somewhere on the DVD case. Unless you have a multi-region DVD player, you will only be able to play DVDs with the same region code as your DVD player. Support is not so universal for the various recordable and rewriteable DVD formats, like DVD+RW.
CD: Your DVD player can probably also read compact discs (CDs). If you have a home theater speaker system connected to your DVD player, you'll be able to enjoy your CDs at great sound quality and control them with the remote. Not all recordable CD formats will be readable by all video players, however.
MP3 CD: CDs can carry a lot more music in MP3 format than in regular audio CD format. If your DVD player can read MP3, you may be able to play custom discs from your music collection.
WMV: Windows Media Video (WMV) files are a common digital video format that is used by many computers. A DVD player that reads WMV files will be able to play any videos in the format that you record on a burnable DVD or CD.
DivX: This is another high-compression digital format; DivX is used to fit large amounts of video into small files. Your DVD player will decompress the DivX file and play it. This format is not to be confused with the DivX HD format, which will play HD video in some high-definition DVD players.
SVCD: SVCD was an alternative to DVD Video that never gained wide acceptance. Your DVD player may or may not support SVCD video format, designed for use with compact discs.
JPEG: JPEG is one of the most commonly supported digital photo formats. It's likely that your DVD player supports JPEG, which should allow you to view photo albums stored on DVD or CD.