DVD Forum Backs HD-DVD Over Blu-ray

The working group WG-11, under the Technical Coordination Group (TCG) of the DVD Forum recently visited leading manufacturers of DVD drives and discs in Taiwan, with the goal of winning their support for HD-DVD, a next-generation DVD format promoted by Toshiba and NEC, according to the Taiwanese makers.

There are currently two next-generation DVD formats vying to set the industry standard – HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, which is supported by Sony, Pioneer, Samsung, Matsushita Electric, Philips and Microsoft.

Blu-ray Disc seems to have gained an upper hand for the time being, with Sony launching a Blu-ray DVD player late last year, and with Philips and Matsushita (Panasonic) planning to follow suit in the third quarter this year. However, HD-DVD has won support from the DVD Forum.

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