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What's hybrid DVD? (You'll be sorry you asked!)

A disc that works in both DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM PCs. (The most common use of the term hybrid, but more accurately called an enhanced DVD) A DVD-ROM disc that runs on Windows and Mac OS computers. (More accurately called a cross-platform DVD.) A DVD-ROM or DVD-Video disc that also contains Web content for connecting to the Internet. (More accurately called a WebDVD or Web-connected DVD.) A disc that contains both DVD-Video and DVD-Audio content. (More accurately called a universal or AV DVD.) A disc with two layers, one that can be read in DVD players and one that can be read in CD players. (More accurately called a legacy or CD-compatible disc.). One side can be read by CD players, the other side by DVD players. The resulting disc is 0.6 mm thicker than a standard CD or DVD, which can cause problems in players with tight tolerances, such as portables. DVDPlus is colloquially known as a "fat" disc. Both layers are read from the same side, with the CD player being required to read through the semitransparent DVD layer, causing problems with some CD players.

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