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When did you get your first DVD player?

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Poll: When did you get your first DVD player? (208 member(s) have cast votes)

When did you get your first DVD player?

  1. 1997 (18 votes [8.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.65%

  2. 1998 (21 votes [10.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.10%

  3. 1999 (32 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

  4. 2000 (34 votes [16.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.35%

  5. 2001 (33 votes [15.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.87%

  6. 2002 (24 votes [11.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.54%

  7. 2003 (12 votes [5.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.77%

  8. 2004 (10 votes [4.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.81%

  9. 2005 (2 votes [0.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.96%

  10. 2006 (2 votes [0.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.96%

  11. 2007 (1 votes [0.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.48%

  12. 2008 (1 votes [0.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.48%

  13. 2009 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  14. I still haven't taken the plunge. (3 votes [1.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.44%

  15. I have no friggin idea! (15 votes [7.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.21%

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#51 crunchysuperman OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:06 PM


#52 Rogmeister OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:25 PM

I'm not absolutely positive but I'm guessing it was 1998. This is based on the fact that my first DVD was the Jodie Foster movie "Contact" and looking at it, I see it has a copyright date of 1997...so I figure I must've gotten it in 1998 at the latest. That makes this my DVD Silver Anniversary! :party: Interestingly, I finally threw that first player out just a few months ago as it was having a hard time playing certain DVD-R discs so I decided it was finally time to get a new one. And I couldn't believe how much smaller the new unit was!

#53 famicommander OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:29 AM

About a year before I got my PS2 and Xbox, so I'm thinking 2000.

Edited by famicommander, Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:30 AM.




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Posted Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:47 PM

Back in October, 1997 I stopped into a video store where I used to work. The owner showed me his new toy - the DVD player. I had sort of heard of it, but had never seen one. Needless to say, I was highly impressed. The quality was great. And the concept of fast-forwarding in seconds was so cool.

A few days (and $600.00) later, I had one. There were very few movies available at that time. I can remember going to Best Buy every week, and being frustrated at not being able to find anything new to get. If memory serves, Warner Brothers was the only major film company releasing DVDs at that time.

Edited by IHATETHEBEARS, Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:51 PM.

#55 midnight magicman OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:50 PM

If memory serves, Warner Brothers was the only major film company releasing DVDs at that time.

Yep, Warner was the 1st major studio to support the format. Paramount initially supported DIVX (remember that?!)
I still have cardboard snappers of Midnight Cowboy & Raging Bull. There were other dvds out before Warner's films though. Nothing of note really. Rock n Roll High School jewel case comes to mind & a couple of IMAX documentaries.


Edited by midnight magicman, Tue Oct 28, 2008 3:54 PM.

#56 Jess Ragan OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:51 PM

About a year before I got my PS2 and Xbox, so I'm thinking 2000.

My first DVD player WAS a Playstation 2, purchased in 2002. I didn't buy a dedicated DVD player until the spring of 2007, and that was just to record YouTube videos.

#57 tisaperfectdayelise OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu Jan 29, 2009 3:28 AM

I didn't get mine until 2002. I got it for Christmas, and I was really upset, because I wasn't ready for one yet :cool:

I had just purchased a nice, Sony VCR, and I was waiting until GOOD DVD units came down in price. Meanwhile, my sisters pitched in, and bought for me a Philips, on-sale-after-Thanksgiving unit for Christmas. Although it wasn't the JVC or Sony that I wanted, the unit still works today. Not too bad for something that they probably paid $70 for...then again, it's been a bedroom unit for quite some time...

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Posted Sun Feb 8, 2009 2:20 AM

The first player I bought was the one that came in my Dual G4 PowerMac that I bought in 2000, which is still my main computer now(processor and other upgrades making such still work).. When I got it my parents rented some DVD's and we watched them my bedroom.

It didn't take long for my parents to decide it was time to buy a DVD player.... which ultimately turned into a new 36" HD Sony Wega TV replacing the 25" RCA colortrak 2000 console TV that had been our main TV since 1980 because it only had RF input. We hooked the DVD player to the VCR and found that using the VCR as a converter didn't work well with the copy protection.

#59 otaku OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu May 21, 2009 1:30 AM

I'm not entirely sure but we had an xbox around launch and maybe a dvd player a bit before that so 2000-01 I knew people with them in 1997

#60 ClassicTom OFFLINE  


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Posted Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:01 AM

PS2 Launch Day Oct 2000

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Posted Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:39 AM

Got mine in 2000 when the Apex AD-600A came out. Great little player for under $200 and it had a "hidden" menu that allowed for region free access, and Macrovision encoding could be turned off. I used it for a few years then sold it on ebay for more than I paid for it new.

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Posted Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:07 PM

Recieved mine as a birthday present from Santa on Christmas, 2004. It was a DVD/VCR combo from Daewoo, actually a very good little machine! It had a lot of different inputs in the back, which came in handy for routing my systems into the TV.

#63 Nutsy Doodleheimer OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 11, 2015 9:05 PM

Late 2000!! When I bought my Playstation 2 console. The first gaming console to watch DVD's.

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Posted Thu May 21, 2015 6:53 PM

I bought a Toshiba player pretty early on. My first 3 DVDs were Austin Powers, LA Confidential, and Batman (1989). They were from a .com that has long since gone bust. 

#65 AussieAtari OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri Jul 8, 2016 2:07 PM

1997, one of the first Toshiba units.


I am a tragic early adopter and had to wait a long time before there was any great range of discs.  My first disc was Replacement Killers, bought that and then the player so I could watch Chow Yun Fat in glorious DVD definition.

#66 nicholas042893 OFFLINE  


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Posted Sat Jul 9, 2016 6:52 PM

My family got its first DVD player in about 2003, but we didn't use it much until about 2004. As a family we continued to watch VHS tapes primarily until about 2006, when DVDs finally won us over. EXCEPT when it was time to record programs. Until we got DSL in 2011, we would record TV shows on the VCR. We never had cable or a DVR. My sister and I both had our own VCRs while we were growing up in the 90s, but we only had one antenna to share between us for watching/recording TV!

Our DVD player was a Sony, and my parents still use it at home to this day, even after we bought them a Blu-Ray player for Christmas a few years ago.

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Posted Sat Jul 9, 2016 9:58 PM

I don't remember the year, but I do remember the first DVD we rented:  It was Cabin Boy (I love the scene where he's dancing on the table...and the floating fat a$$ cupcake)...and after I took it out of the player, Papa asked me (knowing what my response would be :-) ) if I had remembered to rewind it, and I was like "CRAP!  I forgot!"


The first DVD we bought was The Big Lebowski.

#68 MaliciousCarp OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon Aug 1, 2016 6:00 AM

My first DVD player was in an e-machines PC in 1999.  The first DVD that I bought was U-571.  Basically I was in college and I wanted a way to buy a DVD player and make it look like it was a practical investment.

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Posted Mon Aug 1, 2016 6:48 AM

2002, iirc, and it could run ps1 & ps2 games :)

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Posted Tue Aug 2, 2016 9:12 PM

April 27th, 2001.  It was when I got my first PlayStation 2.

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Posted Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:27 AM

Christmas 2001 the PS2.

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Posted Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:49 PM

It must have been early 2003, I got it shortly after Minority Report came out on DVD and that was the first movie I got. That particular disc had problems with skipping large chunks of frames occasionally, I thought it was the cheep-ass Apex player at first, but other discs were fine. Assuming a bad disc, I have picked up a few more copies at garage sales and they do the same thing on some players. Nowadays, I am using the Xbox 360 for DVDs and getting ready to buy my first Blu-ray as I borrowed GOT season 3-4 from someone but it was BR.

#73 Nebulon OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:29 PM

I sat around and collected DVD movies.


Eventually I got a player.


Kind of an odd way to do things, but it worked out well.

#74 dean7878 OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:17 AM

Not sure but I think it must have been around 98.

#75 SoundGammon OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:21 AM

Got mine when they first came out!


Pioneer  DV-500. Gold plated S-Video jack!


No component video...yet!


Don't think it even plays home made dvds!

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