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 OSTA releases Multiplay test discs
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Message Text: "...The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) today announced that test discs for its recently approved MultiPlay Compact Disc compatibility specification are now available to manufacturers of consumer CD/DVD players. Manufacturers who complete and pass the self-certification requirements can receive a license from OSTA to use the MultiPlay logo. The logo will enable consumers to recognize CD and DVD players that can utilize Compact Disc Recordable (CD-R) and Compact Disc ReWritable (CD-RW) discs recorded on personal computers, and do so as readily as they use pressed discs.

Upon successful completion of the self-certification program, OSTA will license the MultiPlay logo to qualifying consumer electronic device manufacturers on a royalty-free basis. The logo license will grant the right to apply the MultiPlay logo on qualifying products and related documents. The licensee will pay a one-time fee for the test discs and logo license and must comply with the licensing rules.

The MultiPlay compatibility specficiation, originally proposed by Oak Technology, was completed and adopted by OSTA at its December 2000 meeting. The availability of the test discs and implementation of the certification program complete the roll-out requirements for the compatibility specification.

The new specification defines the following requirements for a consumer CD/DVD player to be MultiPlay capable:
- CD Players capable of only CD Audio must play CD Audio from CD-R and CD-RW discs.
- CD Players capable of CD Audio and CD-Text must play CD Audio and CD-Text from CD-R and CD-RW discs.
- DVD Players capable of only CD Audio (besides DVD Movie), must play CD Audio from CD-R and CD-RW discs
- DVD Players capable of CD Audio and VideoCD must play CD-Audio and VideoCD from CD-R and CD-RW discs..."

 
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