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Next-Gen DVD Companies Pledging Alliances at CES 2005

4 Jan, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Philips Electronics, backer of the next-generation DVD format Blu-ray Disc, and Verbatim Corp., a Japanese manufacturer of recordable DVD media in Blu-ray and competing HD-DVD formats, said they will bow respective products at CES 2005, Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas.

Philips is unveiling a hybrid-type, PC-based optical storage drive with Blu-ray, conventional DVD and CD read and write capabilities.

Such a set up — a harbinger to a possible Blu-ray set-top box — would give users a conduit between current DVD/CD burning and high-definition media.

Verbatim — contributor to the Blu-ray Disc Association and general member of the HD-DVD Promotion Group — will introduce Blu-ray Discs with both 25GB (single-layer) and 50GB (double-layer) capacities in addition to a (15GB single-layer) HD DVD disc.

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