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27th September 2006 3:58  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
DVD format war may be over soon!
I read this in my local newspaper. Looks like a British Tech company has solved the format war on the next generation DVD. The company New Medium Enterprises said on Tuesday it had solved a technical production problem that makes it possible to produce a cheap multiple-layer DVD disk containing one film in different, competing formats.

"Current technologies to create multiple layer disks mostly don't work. We've created a technology for mass production of multiple layers that does not suffer from the well known problem of low yields," said NME Chief Technology Officer Eugene Levich

Read more here...

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/09/27/11590...

Now...if we can only find a machine that plays both formats!

27th September 2006 15:27  #2

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
I've read the article.  Now, let's see if there is a patten lawsuit.  Time Warner filed a patten last week for essentially the same thing.  Also, I'll believe it when I see it as far as cheap production of multi-layer discs.

27th September 2006 15:54  #3

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Adrian wrote: I've read the article.  Now, let's see if there is a patten lawsuit.  Time Warner filed a patten last week for essentially the same thing.  Also, I'll believe it when I see it as far as cheap production of multi-layer discs.
The patent was filed in December and accepted in August, reason they say last week is because that's when New Sientist noticed it. They only really need to worry about that if they plan to sell the idea in America though, as it's only a US patent.

27th September 2006 18:15  #4

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Mal wrote: The patent was filed in December and accepted in August, reason they say last week is because that's when New Sientist noticed it. They only really need to worry about that if they plan to sell the idea in America though, as it's only a US patent.

Yeah, I realized the patten was filed awhile ago (I still have one pending myself, though it seems it will be denied.)  Pattens take forever.  

Question, though?  Honestly, what good would a disc be that could not be sold in the US.  I would have to imagine that it is still the largest marketplace.

27th September 2006 19:40  #5

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
I think Reuters may have got the wrong end of the stick here. As far as I can tell NME is actually selling a format that's in competition with DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray. I remember reading about them last month when they nicked someone from Warner. It's a low cost HD format called VMD, which provides far more layers (ie storage capacity) and they seem to be targeting the likes of China and India. The OEM manufacturers will likely see it as a successor to VCD.

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