- The Background Info
Without any doubt, CeBIT 2002 was one of the most major IT shows. Even if
the number of the participating companies was less by 150 compared to the last
year's show, still many new ideas and information about the future was available.
In this article we give a general idea of what we saw in the show and we will
also present what's new in the optical storage for this year. Cya next year!
DVD Format - Page 1
The most popular question this year was about the DVD format. Which format
will be established? Is it the DVD-R or the DVD+R? What about the DVD-RW or
the DVD+RW? What about DVD-RAM? For sure no one really knows the answer. We
asked the same question numerous of times, we were asked the same question so
many other times but the same answer always came up... "Time will show
the final winner".
Without any doubt, the DVD+RW alliance promoted heavily the DVD+RW format what
was mentioned in every conversation was that the members of the DVD+RW format
are really capable enough to strongly promote their stand. Companies like Compaq,
HP and Dell have the power to support a certain format for the PC but the final
prices will be an issue for the possible customer.
The DVD+RW alliance was very satisfied when Microsoft decided to natively support
it within WinXP and in the future operating systems. Microsoft plans to include
DVD recording software inside future OS system, since the DVD market is expected
to boom in the next few years.
As it current stands, the new DVD+R/RW drives will cost around 700 Euro, when
the Pioneer DVR-A04 will cost "only" 600 Euros. The DVD+R media is
expected to cost around 10-12 Euros and the DVD+RW media around 17 Euro.
On the other hand, DVD-R media can be now bough at even less than 4 Euros,
and has "proven" the highest compatibility with DVD desktop systems.
Pioneer announced further reduction of DVD-R/RW prices down to $6 and $10 respectively
for their branded media and shortly re-manufacturers will follow.
The DVD+RW alliance claims that the DVD+R will offer the same or even higher
compatibility as the DVD-R media (up to 100%). Could this be true? We will have
to wait and see. As it currently stands, the DVD+RW media offer a compatibility
of 40-50% (despite the fact that the DVD+RW alliance says around 70%) with desktop
Of course the DVD+R/RW drives will be faster in both writing/re-writing speeds
(2.4x) instead of 2x DVD-R and 1x DVD-RW of Pioneer DVR-A04. Again we believe
that many tests will be needed to prove which format is more compatible with
the DVD desktop players.