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
The 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, and reached about 290 million units for DVD
drives. In the same year, 1.7 billion DVD movie discs were
shipped in the North America, while shipments of recordable discs
climbed to 5.1 billion discs globally.
This 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. 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.
The 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.