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DVD formats

A Region 1 version (USA) will not play on most DVD players sold in the UK – which is in Region 2.            Click icon for more information.

If this guide is anything to go by it also looks like PAL is the format for Europe including the UK.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just getting the correct region code. In addition to this, you need to make sure that the format is also correct.        There are 2 main formats: PAL and NTSC.         PAL is the standard format in the UK, Europe, Australia and China among others so DVDs from those countries will be PAL.

On good websites with UK in the address DVDs are likely to play in UK machines.              Please be aware, though, that on websites without UK in the address you need to take care to get a version that plays in your machine.

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CinemaWith an increasing inclusion of autistic themes in TV/ video output as well as a treasure trove of entertaining media for children an overview of options might be useful.              This is a first stab at an introduction.

  • Youtube – uses a lot of bandwidth with full length films but handy for exploring
  • DVD / Video download – good once you have some idea what a you or your children will like
  • Netfilx vs Amazon Prime.               See Which?       Amazon Prime and Netflix cost (roughly) the same per month.         Netflix’s personalised recommendations are more
    targeted and esoteric.           While it’s possible to use the search function to find content with a certain actor or title, the front end of the service is set up for browsing by very loose terms.                 
    See also Tom’s guide  While the three most popular streaming services don’t offer exactly the same content, on the whole, Netflix has the most TV shows and movies, the prettiest interface and the widest availability.

While the three most popular streaming services don’t offer exactly the same content, on the whole, Netflix has the most TV shows and movies, the prettiest interface and the widest availability.

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