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Posted by Matthew Watt - Aug 9, 2023 | Contact Author

How Can I Play A Blu-ray disc on A Regular DVD Player?

Blu-ray discs can't be read by regular DVD players, but there are always solutions to make this happen. Read on the find the detailed reasons and possible solutions.

Blu-ray has going for it is its higher image resolution and compatibility with standard DVDs. If you own a Blu-ray disc player, then you'll have no problem playing your Blu-ray discs. What if you have a Blu-ray disc and a regular DVD player? Unfornately, the fact is that you cannot play a Blu-ray disc on a regular DVD player, athough you can play a DVD in a Blu-ray disc player. Why a regular DVD player can't read Blu-ray discs? Is there any possible way to play a Blu-ray on DVD player? All these answers can be found here.

Play Blu-ray on DVD Player

Why Blu-ray Discs Can't Be Played on Regular DVD Players?

The compatibility issue stems from pure technology differences. DVD players use red laser technology to scan for video and audio information on the disc; Blu-ray disc players use a blue laser to scan Blu-ray discs and DVDs, but the red laser in a DVD player can't read the information from a Blu-ray disc.

In other words, Blu-ray discs aren't compressed the same way as CD or DVD discs, which means that Blu-ray discs can't be read by your CD or DVD player. It's the same way that your DVDs don't play in your CD player: the formats are incompatible. But as technology develops, it is usually backwards compatible. DVD player manufacturers didn't account for a new technology so they couldn't design DVD players to be Blu-ray ready. Blu-ray manufacturers, however, knew all about DVDs and built Blu-ray disc players that can also read older formats, like DVD and CD. As a bonus, Blu-ray players up-scan DVDs to simulate HD quality -- though true HD video is video that was recorded in HD.

The Blu-ray Disc Association has plans for a dual-format disc that contains DVD and Blu-ray data tracks, according to Blu-ray.com. These discs will play in DVD and Blu-ray disc players, but only using the proper format – so you still won't be able to put a Blu-ray disc into your DVD player and watch a movie in HD.

If you still purchase and collect DVDs, a DVD player is fine, and if you also own a Blu-ray Disc player, you can still play those DVDs. Since most Blu-ray Disc movies come with a DVD copy, you have both options for playing the same movie on Blu-ray Disc and DVD players.

However, Blu-ray Disc players are very inexpensive these days, so, if you desire to play a Blu-ray Discs in other rooms in the house, getting another Blu-ray player is an affordable option, when you take the added convenience into consideration. If you get a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player, although you can't play a 4K Ultra HD disc in either a regular Blu-ray or a regular DVD player, most Ultra HD disc movies also come with a Blu-ray Disc copy, which softens the blow of jumping to another format.

What To Do If You Want to Play a Blu-ray on DVD Player?
An Easy Solution - Transcode Blu-ray to DVD Player USB Supported File Format

As we all know, nowdays, most modern and high-end DVD player models feature USB inputs that can be used to house USB flash drives filled with movies. You can then access the files through your DVD player's main menu and watch them on your TV screen. Therefore, if you persist in watchig Blu-ray disc on your DVD player, you can transcode Blu-ray into a digital format supported by your DVD player and then watch the ripped Blu-ray movies from USB flash drive on your DVD player. Moreover, physical Blu-ray discs are indeed not as convenient as digital files. By digitizing Blu-ray, you can also save up on your local storage space, keep your Blu-ray discs from scratching, broken.

Before the conversion process, you should be sure to look in the "Technical Specifications" listing in your DVD player's instruction manual to see what formats it will support before potentially wasting your time.

1. Majority of DVD players only accept MPEG-2 in a standard VOB format, and very few of them are compatible with MPEG-4 videos.
2. All standard DVD accept videos that conform to a certain resolution and BVOP settings. For instance, a majority of DVD players limit import to a resolution of 720 by 756 or 720 by 480. While, MKV files usually comes with 1080p, 4K or even higher solution than this, your DVD players will not have the capacity to play it.
3. Newer models of DVD players can be able to play AVI files on one and only one condition, the AVI file has to be further encoded with another codec such as Xvid, Divx, WMV and MPEG-1 just to name a few.

How to convert Blu-ray to DVD Player USB compatible file formats

To get the job done, EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper is highly recommended. This program is available to cope with all store-bought Blu-ray and DVD discs without hassle. With it, you can convert any Blu-ray to DVD player compatible USB file formats such as DivX, AVI, MPEG-2, MP4, etc. files with fast encoding speed and excellent output quality.

To begin with, you need to download and install EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper Windows or Mac version on your computer. The guide below take Windows version for an example. Mac version has the same process.

Step 1. Run EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper. Insert your Blu-ray disc into your BD Drive (necessary for ripping Blu-ray) and click Load Disc button to upload Blu-ray files. At the bottom, you can select your desired subtitle and audio track.

Load Blu-ray Movie

Step 2. Select a DVD player compatible file format from Profile lists. You'd better look in the instruction manual for your DVD player to see what type of video files it supports. For most common DVD players, MPEG-2 from Common Video category is recommended. You can also choose "DIVX" as the output format.


Tips: You can also click Settings to customize output video parameters such as video size, video bitrate, audio channels and so on depending on your needs. Here you're recommended to adjust the resolution from default Original to 720*480 or 720*756.

mpeg-2 settings

Step 3. You can select a destination folder for the output file by clicking Folder icon in the Output bar, you can also let it be the default one. After every step presented above has been performed, press the Convert button and wait until the conversion process has been completed.

Once the conversion completes, you can click Open to find the result video files. Copy them to your flash drive and then you're able to access the converted Blu-ray files through your DVD player's main menu and watch them on your TV screen.

Final Words:

If you don't have a Blu-ray Disc player, you don't have to purchase a Blu-ray Disc version of a movie. However, if you have a Blu-ray Disc player in your main room and one or two DVD players in other parts of the house, you will have to buy both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the movie if you want the full benefits of both formats.

To this day, video streaming subscription has surpassed physical media as a more popular choice for home entertainment. And there are few ways watch your Blu-Ray collection on your computer without shelling out cash for the privilege, even if you already own a Blu-ray drive and bought your movies. Instead, it's simpler to rip your Blu-rays to your computer and play them in whatever app you want. Along with a powerful Blu-ray ripping and converting software like EaseFab Blu-ray Ripper, you can easily get the job done.

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Matthew Watt

Matthew Watt is an amateur tech enthusiast, but now a sought-after editor at EaseFab. He is responsible for writing contents on DVD, digital video, audio, software reviews, new digital contents etc. He continues enjoying painting and comics, and is currently fascinated with photography.

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