1, 2007—The DVD Forum, the international organization that
defines formats for DVD products and technologies, today celebrated
its official 10th anniversary at the annual general meeting of
its members held in Tokyo. The Forum, which has been hailed as
a model for collaboration between the consumer electronics, IT
and entertainment industries, was founded in August 1997, to assume
and extend the work of the DVD Consortium, the ten-company organization
that initially developed the DVD format. When it started its work
in developing the DVD format and promoting its widespread dissemination,
the DVD Forum could count 86 members. Today, it has about 220
member companies, drawn from all over the world.
launch of DVD was one of the most successful consumer product
launches in history. An immediate hit with consumers around the
world, DVD brought new and exciting capabilities to home entertainment,
computing and gaming, and created an immense global market: 2006
demand for DVD players and recorders stood at over 110 million
units*1, and reached about 290 million units for DVD drives*2.
In the same year, 1.7 billion DVD movie discs were shipped in
the North America*3, while shipments of recordable discs climbed
to 5.1 billion discs globally*4.
extraordinary success rests on the concerted efforts and long-term
support of the DVD Forum. The Forum assured the versatility and
wide-ranging applicability of DVD by defining key specifications
that met diverse needs, including those for DVD-ROM, DVD-Video,
DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-Audio, DVD-RW, and DVD-Video Recording*5.
The Forum continues to define the future for DVD, and is now promoting
development of HD DVD, the next generation DVD format -- based
on blue laser -- and working on the development of an integrated
networking environment -- extending DVD formats to adapt to the
expanding online world.
DVD Forum will continue to benefit consumers – and promote
the growth and vitality of the consumer electronics, IT and entertainment
industries – by contributing to the usefulness and versatility
of DVD technologies and adding new functions, including downloading
to DVD format recordable discs.
(Please visit http://www.dvdforum.org/37scmtg-resolution.htm
for the latest resolutions of the DVD Forum Steering Committee
*1 Source: Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries
*2 Source: TECHNO SYSTEMS RESEARCH CO., LTD. (TSR)
*3 Source: Digital Entertainment Group
*4 Source: JAPAN RECORDING-MEDIA INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION (JRIA)
*5 in order of release of specifications
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