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Move Over DVD

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Just when you thought that massive DVD collection you’ve been assembling from Wal-Mart’s bargain bin was going to last forever, the propeller heads up the ante. They’re calling it HVD.

Six companies, including Fuji Photo and CMC Magnentics, have formed a consortium to promote HVD technology, which will let consumers conceivably put a terabyte (1TB) of data onto a single optical disc. A TB-size disc would certainly compress movie collections. The consortium said an HVD disc could hold as much data as 200 standard DVDs and transfer data at over 1 gigabit per second, or 40 times faster than a DVD.

Sounds grand but they better make the players backwards compatible. DVD adoption rates have been even higher than CDs were in the 80s and a lot of people have a lot of them. Of course, by that point, we’ll all be watching video stored on our Petabyte capacity hard drives.


Written by martinipundit

February 4, 2005 at 10:50 am

Posted in Technology

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