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Updated January 14, 2010

DVD Forum's Mission

The DVD Forum is an international association of hardware manufacturers, software firms, content providers and other users of Digital Versatile Discs.

The Forum's purpose is to exchange and disseminate ideas and information about the DVD Format and its technical capabilities, improvements and innovations.

The Forum works to promote broad acceptance of DVD products on a worldwide basis, across entertainment, consumer electronics and IT industries.

Membership is open to any corporation or organization which is engaged in activities related to DVD research, development and/or manufacturing. We also welcome new members from software firms or other user of DVD products with an interest in further developing and improving the DVD Format.

Forum Members are not required to support the DVD Format to the exclusion of other formats.

The DVD Forum commenced as of August 7, 1997, initially for a period of ten (10) years, which was extended on February 28, 2007 for an additional ten (10) years, commencing on August 7, 2007.

Today, our membership includes more than 100 companies.

The Steering Committee serves as the executive body of the Forum.

What does the Forum do?

Defines DVD Format specifications (see DVD Format & Logo Licensing)
Publishes reference materials and newsletters for members
Creates DVD Format Books (published by the DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation)
Approves DVD verification programs
Holds worldwide DVD Conferences and promotes information about DVD, including the DVD Forum web site.

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