"...Hewlett-Packard, MCC/Verbatim, Philips, Sony, Ricoh and Yamaha today announced that Thomson Multimedia, manufacturer of RCA entertainment products, has joined the companies supporting DVD+RW to actively support and promote the industry's only two-way compatible rewritable DVD format. DVD+RW is the only rewritable DVD technology that offers seamless media exchange between consumer electronics and personal computing environments. Thomson plans to deliver its first DVD+RW product in the third quarter of 2001.
In addition to announcing Thomson's commitment to DVD+RW, the companies showed practical applications for high-capacity data storage and home video copying, editing and playback. With an emphasis on two-way compatibility, the companies demonstrated how DVD+RW discs can be played in a variety of existing DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives.
The live demonstration highlighted the convergence of entertainment and data from the home office to other areas of the home, such as the living room. The companies shot live footage of the crowd using a standard video recorder and burned the video onto a DVD+RW disc. The newly burned disc was played back in a variety of standard personal computers and standard, off-the-shelf DVD players. To further demonstrate the convergence benefits of the DVD+RW format, the companies conducted another real-time recording using a DVD+RW drive in a PC. This disc was played back in several off-the-shelf PCs and DVD video players..."