1) Over 2 hours of high-quality digital video (over 8 on a double-sided, dual-layer disc).
2) Support for widescreen movies on standard or widescreen TVs (4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios).
3) Up to 8 tracks of digital audio (for multiple languages, DVS, etc.), each with as many as 8 channels.
4) Up to 32 subtitle/karaoke tracks.
5) Automatic "seamless" branching of video (for multiple story lines or ratings on one disc).
6) Up to 9 camera angles (different viewpoints can be selected during playback).
7) Menus and simple interactive features (for games, quizzes, etc.).
8) Multilingual identifying text for title name, album name, song name, cast, crew, etc.
9) "Instant" rewind and fast forward, including search to title, chapter, track, and timecode.
10) Durable (no wear from playing, only from physical damage).
11) Not susceptible to magnetic fields. Resistant to heat.
12) Compact size (easy to handle, store, and ship; players can be portable; replication is cheaper).