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Do we really need another media standard to worry about?

Last week three distinct entities from different parts of the world, Sprout CD of Ukraine, Russia-based Antrop-Studio, and the Dutch firm VDL ODMS, came together to introduce a new high definition format media called VCDHD, or Versatile Compact Disc High Density, which is said to compete with the current DVD standards.

VCDHD holds just as much data as curent single sided DVDs at about 4.7GB, but what the format leaves out is licensing requirements that our good old DVDs hold. According to the VCDHD media is half the thickness of regular DVDs but are backwards compatible with current DVD players.

Other upsides to VCDHD over DVD, according to, are the "reduction of errors in the beginning of the information zone" which is possible by an improved manufacturing process and overall improvements in the geometry of the disc. The materials used in manufcturing these discs are also said to not only make the media more reliable, but also to reduce the production time from 6-9 seconds it takes to manufacture a DVD to about 2 seconds to make a VCDHD disc. The rejection level is also decreased to about 1% compared to current processes.

Blu-ray and HD-DVD players and movies are set to launch within the next few months and many are already sick of the format war between them. Since these two formats are the top dogs in the media wars it will be impossible for any other formats to be adopted, let alone make make an entrance onto the playing field.

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NO we can fit it all on 4.7
By kelkins on 3/30/2006 3:27:40 PM , Rating: 0
The new format was developed to prevent piracy. Which means sometime in May the first pirated blu-ray and hd-dvd programs will show up. Most of the space on a DVD is copy protection nothing else.

RE: NO we can fit it all on 4.7
By CitizenKain on 3/30/2006 3:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
No, most of the space on a DVD is video and audio.

RE: NO we can fit it all on 4.7
By Knish on 3/30/2006 3:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
I think there are actually already blu-ray rips on newsgroups

RE: NO we can fit it all on 4.7
By Decaydence on 3/30/2006 3:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why would anyone come on here and say that most of a dvd is copy protection? It blows my mind that someone with that little knowledge about the most basic technology would make claims on a technology website. It would be like me going on to a forum for doctors and making outlandish statements of certainty about how the heart is 45% fire based and the human stomach is filled with stones that grind up the food we eat. I can only hope your comment was tongue-in-cheek and I just missed it.

BTW, Blu-ray rips are NOT on newsgroups. Would be kind of hard to rip a disc without a drive that can read it.

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