| DVD-RAM to Be Unified into Universal Media
April 28, 1998 (TOKYO) -- The DVD Forum, which regulates digital
video disk standards, is unifying DVD-RAM as universal media that
can record personal computer data and audio-visual data.
|Pioneer Electronic Corp. and Victor Co. of Japan Ltd. were
considering selling DVD-ReWritable (DVD-RW) as a medium capable
of recording AV data, but agreed not to so as to avoid confusion
in the DVD market with too many standards.
Those manufacturers tentatively agreed to position DVD-RW as
authoring media only. DVD-RW will be standardized as the sixth
format of DVD as early as October.
DVD-RW is mass capacity media that can rewrite data approximately
1,000 times. Most of the data recorded on DVD-RW can be replayed
on existing DVD players or DVD-ROM drives, and record 4.7GB, the
same capacity as DVD-Video.
However, usage will be limited by the makers. It will be
considered as media to supplement DVD-R, which can record one
Although Pioneer acted to avoid splitting-up of the DVD camp this
time, it will wait for the proper timing to once again propose
using DVD-RW in AV equipment.
It still will be a bumpy road for DVD-RAM to become universal
media, because Sony plans to sell a disk recorder for AV data
that differs from DVD Forum guidelines. With a capacity of around
10GB, it may be released as early as the end of 1999.