Menu
Will new disc woo HD upgraders?

Will new disc woo HD upgraders?

Toshiba and Memory-Tech have developed a three-layer optical disc

that can be read by both DVD and HD DVD players.

The disc, which could be on the market early next year, will make it possible

for movie companies to package both a standard definition and high-definition

version of the same movie on a single disc. That would mean consumers wouldn't

have to repurchase the same movies when or if they make the jump from DVD to HD

DVD.

The two companies previously developed a two-layer optical disc that can store

both DVD and HD DVD, and commercial content on such discs is already on sale in

Japan. The addition of a third layer means more standard or high-definition

content can be recorded on the disc.

Each layer is capable of storing about two hours of standard and four hours of

high-definition content, the latter assuming the MPEG4 AVC compression is used.

That means about four hours of SD and HD content can be stored if two layers

are used for DVD and one layer for HD DVD.

Before the disc can be commercialized it must be approved by the DVD Forum as

an accepted standard. Toshiba will submit the required paperwork soon and hopes

to get approval before the end of the year, said Yuko Sugahara, a spokeswoman

for Toshiba in Tokyo. If it succeeds then the disc could be offered

commercially sometime early next year, she said.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments