Although critics of DVD+RW
have questioned the group's ability to deliver product on the same time schedule as competing formats, the six companies echoed the opinions of industry experts who believe consumer demand for rewritable DVD will begin to grow later this year--at about the same time when DVD+RW
players, drives, and media will be available to consumers.
Another issue influencing compatibility is the continuity of the data stream on the DVD+RW
Because Hewlett-Packard announced at the end of last year that it had suspended its DVD+RW
developments until the market is more favorable.
Of the three major manufacturers of DVD recorders, Philips uses DVD+RW
; Panasonic picked DVD Ram and Pioneer prefers DVD-RW.
Alliance is a voluntary group of over 50 industry-leading personal computing manufacturers, optical storage and electronics manufacturers including Dell, HP, MCC/Verbatim, Philips Electronics, Ricoh Company Ltd., Sony Corporation, Thomson multimedia and Yamaha Corporation.
Both of the new DVD200s combine DVD+RW
and DVD+R in order to allow users the option of rewriting a DVD many times or writing just once to ensure that the data is not recorded over.
There are three competing re-recordable DVD formats currently available: DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW
Hewlett-Packard has announced what it claims is the first rewritable DVD drive using DVD+RW
technology: the HP DVD Writer 3100i, which will be generally available later this year.
The 810 series of DVD burners also features 4X DVD-R DL, 16X DVD+/-R, 8X DVD+RW
, 6X DVD-RW, 48X CD-R and 32X CD-RW recording.
Disc formats supported include DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
The new models include the first desktop PC with a DVD+RW
drive priced under $900.