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November 1996, Week 3


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Dennis Doros <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 20 Nov 1996 10:11:12 -0500
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Dear Don,
the new video disc system is DVD which either stands for Digital Versatile
Disc (when they want to talk about the different possibilites and games the
technology presents) or Digital Video Disc (when they're talking about
movies), depending on the week. It can contain up to 120 minutes of digital
image (the laserdisc's image is analog) and several to many tracks of audio.
It is supposedly the equal to laserdisc, but I haven't seen the
demonstrations. It's been coming out for months now, but the companies can't
agree on the copying protection system, so it really won't be out until next
year. It needs it's own machine, it will not record (even though the
technology exists) and it's supposed to replace the laserdisc market (which
has been slow the last year due to this perception) in a few years and home
video later on. It's compared to ithe CD revolution, but does anyone buy a
movie to watch on the way to work or out for a jog? We of course, are
anxiously awaiting any new technology to exploit our titles. It's the really
profitible part of the business.
Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
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