MPEG2 vs DIVX DVD Burning Cost Analysis

Posted by Thomas Tue, 01 Mar 2005 23:35:58 +0000

Let’s see how huge of a nerd I am…

Here is a graph of the cost of burning X number of episodes.

Right around the 924th episode, it becomes cheaper to have bought a nice, new Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player from for $69.99, than to have used your old DVD player and transcoded all of the episodes to MPEG2.

Say, for instance you like The West Wing. They are currently in the middle of their sixth season. You can either have 12 discs of awesome DIVX-ness, or 48 discs of MPEG2-ness, that amount to the same six seasons. Personally, I would prefer to have the 12 to the 48. Plus I would rather take the 1/2 hour per season burning the DIVX than the 13.5 hours transcoding and then burning the MPEG2.

Plus, you get the “just plain cool factor” of having a really sweet DVD player that plays DIVX.

Now, if only I had an awesome HD projector, Mac Mini, and 7.1 sound system for all my audio/visual needs…

Posted in Technology | 3 Comments


  1. Shock said on April 1, 2005 @ 1:18 pm:

    Finaly someone who has played with this DVD player.
    How does it play the AVIs? just like the MP3 player?
    or maybe like the picture viewer? After I convert
    my Divx movies to MPEG2 they are 4 times larger in gigabytes. and the quality isnt much better or at

  2. Thomas said on April 1, 2005 @ 2:55 pm:

    Sorry, Shock, but actually I don’t own this DVD player.

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