Most of us have some DVDs somewhere. But here’s a question: What does “DVD” stand for?
The answer is “nothing.”
When the technology was in development, DVD was short for “digital video disc.” But then other members of the group working on the project thought that name was short-sighted because these discs could potentially be used for so much more. That’s when they started calling them “digital versatile discs.” After that, the DVD Forum consortium could never agree on what “DVD” stood for.
Officially, then, DVD doesn’t stand for anything.
One other piece of trivia: More than two million people still get DVDs through the mail via Netflix.