Portable DVD player

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A Philips portable DVD player

A portable DVD player (commonly abbreviated to PDP) is a DVD player in the format of a mobile device.


Portable DVD players were created in order to aid the ability to watch DVDs away from home. They were created in 1998, first introduced by Panasonic. They are practical for on the go use, and many perform secondary functions such as playing music from audio CDs and displaying images from digital cameras or camcorders. As time went by, people demanded something that they can take anywhere, something that they could easily take along while traveling. In response to these demands, portable DVD players were introduced to the public, and watching movies became more convenient while on the go. Now, anytime and anywhere, people can easily watch their favorite movies with a portable DVD player.[citation needed]


Most PDPs have an LCD or LED screen attached to them. The most common PDP screen size is 7 inches (18 cm), although some are as large as 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm). Some have swivel-screens that rotate 180 degrees & fold flat. Portable DVD players generally have connections for additional screens and a car lighter plug.

Some PDPs now have iPod docks, USB and SD Card slots built in. Some can play videos in other formats such as MP4, DivX, JPEG and PNG either from CD's, flash memory cards or external hard disks. Also some DVD players include a USB video recorder.

Wireless connections (bluetooth and/or wifi) are useful to manage (play/record) content wirelessly from or to other devices (i.e. cell phones).

Previous models of portable DVD players had AV inputs for external game consoles; now some selected models have built-in emulators for internal game console action.

Many portable DVD players can display more than just DVDs. Can also play other video formats, image formats and music formats so that it can play while still on the go.

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Prices of portable DVD players vary, usually retailing for about $80–300.00 USD. When first released, portable DVD players would retail at over $1,000 and were only manufactured in Japan.

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