The latest video formats promise superior sound, pictures and versatility.
What is Blu-ray?
Blu-ray discs are the same size as regular DVDs but can hold up to five times as much information, with picture quality and sound being at least twice as good. All Blu-ray players can play DVDs and many upscale the original picture to near-high-definition quality. However, Blu-ray discs won't play on DVD players. Until recently, Bu-ray players were very expensive but, as more manufacturers get behind the technology, the prices have started to fall. You can now pick them up for around £100.
What is the latest in DVD players?
Blu-ray may be offering high-definition but, for flexibility and value, you can't beat the DVD player. Choose an up-scaling player that cleverly enhances DVD picture quality to make the best of your high definition TV. You can also cut down on the number of black boxes by choosing an all-in-one DVD recorder that includes a Freeview tuner, a hard drive for storing programmes and, in some cases, a VHS slot.
How do I get connected?
You won't be able to enjoy high-defnition shows without an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable connecting your Sky HD, Freesat or Blu-ray player to your HD-ready TV. Many players are not supplied with a cable, so check before you buy because a decent HDMI cable costs £20 to £40.