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|The look of the next generation of digital video disks got harder to call when the DVD Forum's Steering Committee voted this week to approve the use of low-bit-rate compression for high-definition DVD...
The low-bit-rate camp believes its approach will benefit nearly everyone involved in the DVD industry. "Hollywood studios can repurpose their content one more time for HD-DVD, without making a costly investment in brand-new replication equipment based on a blue laser," said a U.S. executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity...
The U.S. executive claimed a switch to blue-laser equipment would make advanced players prohibitively costly, whereas a red-laser-based player that could handle both MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 decoding would carry a palatable retail premium of $25 to $50.
|The DVD Forum's technical working group has already proved that encoding rates as low as 7 Mbits/s will yield HD video of acceptable quality|