The DVD Forum, at its 37th Steering Committee meeting on February 28, 2007, approved the China High Density Read-only Disc (C-HD DVD-ROM) physical specification, termed Version 10.0 (for China only).
This has been done in an attempt to promote the HD DVD standard in the large China market, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
The forum will design a licensing system for C-HD DVD-ROM in China, the sources indicated.
The battle between HD DVD and Blu-ray disc (BD) is still hot, with Sony last week unveiling an entry-level BD player, the BDP-S300, for launch in mid-2007 at a recommended retail price of US$599, the sources pointed out. BDP-S300, Sony's second BD player model following the BDP-S1 which launched in December of 2006 at US$999, is intended to compete with Toshiba's HD DVD players which are for sale at US$499, the sources indicated.