New DVD Format Approved

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Urra Dipschitt, Nov 28, 2003.

  1. New DVD Format Approved
    Nov 28, 8:56 AM (ET)

    TOKYO (AP) - Toshiba Corp. and NEC Corp. (NIPNY) said Friday that the
    DVD Forum, an international association of electronics makers and movie
    studios, has approved the two Japanese companies' standard for
    next-generation DVDs.

    The move gives Toshiba and NEC a leg up on a rival standard based on the
    Blu-ray disc format, which has a larger recording capacity, advocated by
    Sony Corp. (SNE), Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes the
    Panasonic brand, and Philips Electronics NV of the Netherlands.

    But the approval does not rule out development of Blu-ray disc products.
    Sony, Panasonic and Philips are also members of the DVD Forum.

    Next-generation DVDs will be able to record five times the amount of
    information of current DVDs. A DVD today can record about two hours of
    conventional analog TV programming while the next-generation digital
    video disc format can record more than two hours of digital TV
    programming. The Blu-ray format discs can handle more than three hours
    of digital programming.

    Toshiba and NEC say their format called HD DVD can be priced lower at
    about 300,000 yen ($2,700), or about 20 percent cheaper than a
    comparable Blu-ray model because the assembly lines for current DVDs can
    be adapted to make the next-generation discs. That cannot be done for
    Blu-ray discs.

    A DVD Forum official said both companies aren't ready to sell their
    products on the market yet.

    The approval only covers "read-only" DVD players. The DVD Forum
    official, who requested anonymity, said the companies will need similar
    approval for "rewritable" DVD recorders, a step the companies say they
    hope to get soon.

    Both companies said they plan to design products with the new technology
    while carefully examining the availability of movies and other
    entertainment content.

    NEC plans to launch new models of personal computers with the technology
    in the fall of 2005. Toshiba also said it may sell notebook computers
    with HD DVD drives in the future, and plans to start marketing an HD DVD
    recorder sometime next year.
    Urra Dipschitt, Nov 28, 2003
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  2. Urra Dipschitt

    luminos Guest

    > The approval only covers "read-only" DVD players.

    Wow! What a tremendous accomplishment!
    luminos, Nov 28, 2003
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