China plans to launch own HD-DVD standard

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 8:37 am

China is developing its own high-definition DVD (HD-DVD) format and is scheduled to put it on to the market before 2008, the official Xinhua news agency reported citing an official.

Lu Da, deputy director of the National Disc Engineering Center, told the agency the format will be based on the prevailing HD-DVD format but will be incompatible with other HD-DVD systems.

China produces about 70-80 pct of the world’s DVD players. However, Chinese manufacturers need to pay licensing fee to overseas patent holders in the DVD industry, the agency said.

The licensing fee accounts for about 40 pct of the cost of each DVD player, Lu told the agency.

Source: forbes


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