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Dexter is a television series created in 2006 that airs primarily on the premium network Showtime (however, it has aired on the cable network CBS at least for the first season). As with any television program, the episodes are compiled into seasons and then released roughly the same year as the next season for fans of the program to purchase, watch at leisure and enjoy at any time.
Originally this was done specifically on VHS, which lasted roughly into the year 2000 until DVD became a more popular media (as the discs themselves were now being used for other purposes, such as for video games on consoles such as the PlayStation 2 and computer programs, due to the overall improved storage and performance capabilities that far surpassed the regular CD), where every show can be fit into relatively compact boxes to be released as whole seasons, separate discs (3-4 episodes a piece) or even entire series (usually following a show's ending). Other benefits include the ability to include virtual menus, rather than having to rewind a VHS tape DVDs allow the user to select what episode they want to see, virtually fast forward/rewind the program and include optional audio or subtitles. As DVDs have progressed, interactive menus have been included that feature moving objects or characters from the media and different backdrops for each sub-menu. In addition, bonus content such as interviews, games, behind-the-scenes extras are included to give the viewer more insight into the show or movie's creation as well as see some entertaining instances such as bloopers (incidental actions within a scene's filming that results in comedy) and other activities.
Dexter is released so far by season, each box set is relatively small with 3-4 episodes per disc while the final disc may contain an episode or two, or simply all of the bonus content as well as episodes from other Showtime series. To date there are 5 boxsets, for Season One through Season Five.
Roughly five to six years following the major impact of DVDs, a new form of media was introduced to fall alongside the new high-definition televisions (HDTVs for short) which provided clearer, crisper picture quality that made older movies look better than ever. The new disc format was called Blu-ray, which spiked the heavy level of detail and rich colors in any movie or TV series...digitally remastering any form of media. Content also spiked, menues were far more interactive and userfriendly while the physical space on a Blu-ray disc far succeeded its predecessor allowing more episodes or content on a single disc.
Unfortunately the cost of a Blu-ray player itself in addition to the requirement of an HDTV has prevented many from still owning such a platform, thus DVDs are still heavy in circulation and just about any major movie or television show receives both DVD and Blu-ray counterparts.
|Seasons||Originally aired in the US||DVD release||Blu-ray release|
|Season Premiere||Season Finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 3||Region 4||Region A||Region B|
|1||10 01, 2006||12 17, 2006||08 21, 2007||05 19, 2008||02 14, 2008||02 14, 2008||01 06, 2009||TBA|
|2||09 30, 2007||12 16, 2007||08 19, 2008||03 30, 2009||08 21, 2008||08 20, 2008||05 05, 2009||TBA|
|3||09 28, 2008||12 14, 2008||08 18, 2009||08 16, 2010||08 18, 2009||08 18, 2009||08 18, 2009||TBA|
|4||09 27, 2009||12 13, 2009||08 17, 2010||11 29, 2010||TBA||11 04, 2010||08 17, 2010||11 11, 2010|
|5||09 26, 2010||12 12, 2010||08 16, 2011||09 05, 2011||TBA||08 18, 2011||08 16, 2011||08 18, 2011|
|6||10 02, 2011||12 18, 2011||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|