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Watching DVD Movies

Many desktop and laptop PCs come with a DVD drive and some even come with a DVD burner. In theory, a DVD drive can be used to run software that's delivered on DVDs, but the software industry hasn't really jumped on the DVD bandwagon so there aren't all that many titles. Hollywood, however, has embraced DVDs big time and virtually all new movies that are released on VHS tape are also released on DVD. Even some old classics are being re-released on DVD, often remastered with better video and sound and lots of extra features.

Any PC with a DVD drive can also play DVD movies. I don't often watch a movie on my desktop PC because I have a DVD player attached to the TV in my living room, but I do sometimes watch movies on my laptop when I travel. Unfortunately, I've never been able to get through an entire movie on a single battery charge, but if you carry an extra battery you might get to watch a movie on a flight. I also sometimes watch movies from hotel rooms, with the laptop plugged into an outlet. And I've even been known to let my kids watch movies from the backseat of the car on long car trips. We bought a $30 “inverter” that allows us to plug the laptop into the car's cigarette lighter. The kids won't look out the window if they're watching a movie, but it keeps them from asking, “Are we there yet?”


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