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VMD – the DVD Format War may Continue

HD VMD Keeps DVD Format War GoingFighting against the new DVD champion, VMD is the disc format that thinks it can – but only time will tell as this highly versatile format, which uses standard discs now in use and is backwards compatible, continues to push their low-price players and recorders.

The company just issued a press release saying “All indications are that VMD can fill the void left by HD DVD,” and that “The way is now clear for VMD to be embraced by the industry.” We suppose thats true — the Asian bootlegging industry really hasnt weighed in with a format choice yet, has it? In any event, VMD players have apparently been shipping to the US for a month now.

High-Def DVD Formats Multiply over Weekend

High-Def is here whether you like it or not. Luckily, in the good ‘ol USA we have fairly decent selection of HD programming already – while other areas of the world still have none, even the EU has a serious shortage. When it comes to buying movies in High-Def, you currently have two options: BluRay and HD-DVD. Competing formats reminding me of the VHS vs Beta days of Video Tape.

Over the weekend, two announcement were made regarding new formats of High Def DVDs. The first to be announced should be a consumer favorite – lower cost players, lower cost media. Called the ‘HD-VMD’ – this high-def versatile format uses red lasers like standard DVD and CD players – lowering costs dramatically and only a bit over that of current DVD media and players. With a set-top player expected to be under $200, this new format may be a late starter – but big winner in the High Def DVD arena.