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 DVD Forum Steering Committee Report
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Message Text: The DVD Forum, the industry organization responsible for the definition of specifications, the verification and the licensing of the DVD and HD DVD formats, released the results of the 35th Steering Committee Meeting held in Sep. 12, 2006.

The decisions are summarized below:

- Approval of "DVD Specifications for Recordable Disc for Dual Layer (DVD-R for DL) File System Specifications, Version 3.0"
- Approval of "Inclusion of 44.1kHz audio family into HD DVD-Video as mandatory"
- Approval of "Grace period of 18 months for inclusion of 44.1kHz audio family with the strong recommendation that the upgrade should be made as soon as possible (far less than 18 months)"
- Approval of "DVD Specifications for Re-recordable Disc for Dual Layer (DVD-RW for DL) Physical Specifications, Version 2.0"
- Approval of "Version-up Information for the following Specifications:
  • DVD Specifications for High Density Rewritable Disc (HD DVD-RAM) Physical Specifications (Version 1.0 to 1.1)
  • DVD Specifications for High Density Recordable Disc (HD DVD-R) Physical Specifications (Version 1.0 to 1.1)
  • DVD Specifications for High Density Recordable Disc for Dual Layer (HD DVD-R for DL) Physical Specifications (Version 2.0 to 2.1)
  • DVD Specifications for High Density Re-recordable Disc (HD DVD-RW) Physical Specifications (Version 1.0 to 1.1)
  • DVD Specifications for High Density Re-recordable Disc for Dual Layer (HD DVD-RW for DL) Physical Specifications (Version 2.0 to 2.1) "
- Approval of "The following conceptual proposals:
  • HD DVD application format (HD DVD-Video/Video Recording) recording on red laser DVD recordable media
  • Red laser recording function: Type 1 & 2 (provisional approval and details including physical specifications will be decided for Type 2 later)
  • Creation of format specifications by related WGs (WG-1, 3, 5, 6 and 9)"
- Approval of "CSC to engage legal counsel to draft a memorandum of understanding between the DVD Forum and appropriate China parties to be identified by DVD Forum counsel:
  • Ability to keep in China only
  • Strong DVD forum participation in governance / verification
  • Scope of use of technology
  • Content protection
  • Confidentiality
  • Time line
  • Expectations from China of DVD Forum (spec updates, Logo, other) etc."
- Approval of "DVD Specifications for High Density Read-Only Disc (HD DVD-ROM) Physical Specifications, Version 9.9 (for China Only)"
- Approval of "Logo/Mark for an empty RAM case"



- Approval of "The letter to be sent to DVD CCA from DVD Forum regarding multi region players currently available in the market place"
 
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