Monday, November 12, 2001
Verbatim Shipping 4.7GB DVD+RW Discs in Standard Jewel Box Cases and New
DVD Video Tall Boxes
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Verbatim® Corp. announced today that it is shipping DataLifePlus® 4.7GB
DVD+RW rewritable media certified for 1x to 2.4x speeds -- the fastest
recording speed of any current DVD format. Packaged in standard jewel box
cases and DVD video tall boxes, the new media supports the HP DVD-writer
dvd100i DVD+RW/CD-RW drive as well as DVD+RW drives offered by Philips,
Ricoh, and Dell Computer. Verbatim's new +RW media also supports the
Philips DVDR1500/1000 DVD+RW video recorders.
Verbatim is a world-class manufacturer with more than 30 years of
experience in advancing optical recording technologies. Backed by the
extensive R&D capabilities of its parent company, Mitsubishi® Chemical
Corporation (MCC), Verbatim leads the industry in developing and
manufacturing DVD recordable and rewritable media.
Because of its media technology leadership, Verbatim and MCC were founding
members of the group of industry leaders that developed the DVD+RW format.
The format established the specifications for recorded and unrecorded
signals, ensuring optimum data playback across all popular DVD playback
With certification for up to 2.4x recording speeds (equivalent to 20x CD-R
performance), end users will have the assurance that Verbatim's new DVD+RW
media provides optimum recording at the full rated speed and that media not
only withstands the higher drive speeds of the new drives, it maximizes
Verbatim DVD+RW media also provides users with the convenience of being
able to play back their recorded discs with the vast majority of the
installed base of DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives in use today. As a
result, data, videos, photos and music recorded to the discs can be easily
shared with anyone that has a PC equipped with a DVD-ROM drive or a TV
equipped with a set-top DVD player.
``The broad compatibility of our new DVD+RW media is what prompted us to
give users a choice in packaging,'' explained Tim Clatterbuck, Verbatim's
director of optical storage marketing. ``While the discs inside the
packages are the same, we're offering both jewel cases and DVD video tall
boxes as a convenience. Consumers will be able to quickly distinguish
between discs used for computer storage and discs used to store movies and
In addition to supporting 2.4x recording, Verbatim 4.7GB DVD+RW discs
deliver more than seven times the storage capacity of CD media -- up to
four hours of high-quality MPEG-2 video (depending upon the available bit
rate). With Gigabytes of capacity and more than 1,000 rewrites, Verbatim
DVD+RW media is a cost-effective solution for storing, editing, and
small-scale distributing of data and audio/video files. The high capacity
and long data life also make the media an excellent storage solution for
backups and archiving.
Key to Verbatim DVD+RW media's versatility for both data and video
applications is its support for writing in both CAV (Constant Angular
Velocity) and CLV (Constant Linear Velocity). CAV can be used in high-speed
access applications and CLV can be used in real-time recording
applications. Multi-session writing is also supported, enabling users to
add documents, data and video segments without having to open and close
Drawing on its proven track record for CD and DVD technology, Verbatim will
also be among the first to manufacture DVD+R, the logical extension of CD-R
technology. The DVD+R media will be ideal for use in applications that
demand universal playback ability or business, government and institutional
applications where unalterable data archiving is mandatory. The company is
planning to launch the media in Q1 2002 when the dual-capability DVD+R/W
drives are introduced.
Available through authorized resellers and the Verbatim web site, the
DataLifePlus DVD+RW media has a street price of $15.99 for the single-sided
4.7GB discs. Verbatim backs the quality of its complete line of
DataLifePlus DVD media with a lifetime warranty.