There is a great deal of anticipation – in the industry, at least – of the next-gen video disc, Ultra HD Blu-ray. UHD Blu-ray is, of course, the proposed successor of Blu-ray, which itself was the HD successor to DVD.
DVD was not the first video disc format– not by a long shot. The first video disc formats were suggested 70 years earlier. But the DVD was the first to become a mass market success nearly 20 years ago.
Back in 2007, just as Blu-ray was being introduced, I authored a history of DVD for the now-defunct magazine DVD Etc. Since the magazine is gone, I thought I’d rescue this history from publishing obscurity. So here is the story of DVD in two parts.