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Four Studios Support D-VHS Format

30 Jan, 2002 By: Jessica Wolf

Hi-def's debut in home entertainment via a consortium of four studios—Artisan, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios—releasing feature films on the digital high definition platform D-VHS focuses on the relatively small population of consumers equipped with high-definition televisions.

This year the participating studios will release content for the newest piece of that technology, the D-Theater video recorder, a JVC platform created specifically for high-definition copyrighted content. The recorder plays the highest quality digital picture content and also has proprietary software protecting the digital content from illegal copying. The technology's encryption system ensures that new tapes can only be created on JVC licensed duplication equipment.

This new cassette-based software arrives even as DVD strengthens its toehold in the home entertainment industry. In a statement, studio leader s said they view the two formats as serving different purposes in the market.

"D-VHS is in a unique class different from DVD," said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Video. "This meets the videophile's highest quality expectations for an in-home experience. JVC's D-Theater video recorder will allow consumers to play hi-def content, which clearly differentiates it from a DVD player. It is the only hi-def option."

JVC's hi-def recorder also will allow users to record high-definition television content as well as record and play back in analog VHS, Super VHS and Super VHS ET.

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