Competing DVD Formats Possible Next Year
“The possibility that consumers will have to choose from two competing DVD formats next year is growing now that negotiations have broken down between the groups behind the different standards.
“Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp., which supports a format known as Blu-ray, and a bloc led by Toshiba Corp., which backs the rival HD DVD system, began discussions this year to see whether they could agree on a unified format. But the talks have been suspended indefinitely.”
Associated Press. Talks Between DVD Groups Break Down. SiliconValley.com. Aug. 23, 2005.
DVD Forum: An international organization composed of hardware, software, and entertainment companies that use and develop the DVD format. The group also licenses the DVD format and logo. DVD Forum is promoting the HD DVD standard.
Blu-ray Disc Association: An international organization composed of hardware, software, and entertainments companies that is promoting and further developing business opportunities for Blu-ray Disc, an optical disc format that has higher capacity (22 GB) than the HD DVD format (17 GB).