Cor en kornuiten hebben op de Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) de release van een DVD video-recorder aangekondigd. Het apparaat maakt gebruik van het DVD+RW format en zal midden volgend jaar op de markt geplant worden:
The Dutch giant demonstrated a DVD video recorder based on the company-developed DVD+ReWritable (DVD+RW) Video format, at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) 1999, Europe's largest consumer electronics show held here this week.
In the demonstration, Philips showed that recordings made with a DVD video recorder on DVD+RW discs will play back on any existing DVD video players -- those offered by competitors as well as by Philips.
This drive by Philips to commercially launch its DVD+RW video-format-based DVD video recorder within a year comes as the industry faces the irreconcilable fragmentation of rewritable video-disk formats. Different camps are pushing several different rewritable formats including DVD-RW, DVD-RAM as well as Multimedia Video File (MMVF) developed by NEC. Other consumer-electronics companies including Matsushita Electric and even Sony -- a co-developer of the DVD+RW format along with Yamaha, Ricoh, Hewlett-Packard and others -- remain silent on plans to offer digital video-disk recorders. They pointed out that recording capacity and picture quality -- enabled by the DVD+RW video format -- may not satisfy consumers' needs today. Other industry executives also expressed concerns over copy-protection issues. On a 4.7-Gbyte single-sided disc, the Philips-developed DVD+RW video format can record two to four hours of video.
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