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The Battle of the DVD evolution

October 8, 2005
The battle lines have been redrawn between the major players in the evolution of DVD technology.
The Blu-ray Disc Association & Toshiba’s HD-DVD  marketing armies are at it again to bid for world supremacy with their formats. This has mainly taken the form of announcements on who is backing which technology.
 
DVDTown has a good summary of what’s been happening with this industry so far here http://www.hddvd.org/hddvd/.
 
These formats come at a huge licensing cost to manufacturers and it looks like China’s not taking this lightly. This article http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=1191861 outlines how China is once again driving it’s independent next generation DVD format, Enhanced Versatile Disc (EVD).
 
China is way to big a market to ignore, so manufacturers may be forced to produce hybrid devices (supporting multiple formats) that cater for this market.
 
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