TTFN, Mark Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
My reaction being, just what the world needs most. Another (proprietary) standard for HD DVDs. These same arguments about low cost were made in China, when they went with CD-V instead of DVD initially. But it was predictable, I think, that before too long any cost advantage wears off. Bert ---------------------------------------------------- http://www.digitaltvdesignline.com/products/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid =TWZLWYNIJFSKKQSNDLRCKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=202602139 October 26, 2007 HD VMD launches in India True High Definition arrives in India for the first time with the launch of HD VMD By Dennis P. Barker New Medium Enterprises (NME) will unveil the world's first Multi Layer Disc and Player format and High Definition Bollywood film titles in India at the Times AV Revolution Expo at Bombay Exhibition Center. NME is introducing HD for the first time in India, with their HD VMD (High Definition Versatile Multilayer Disc) Multilayer Player, along with content in Hindi, Tamil, English and gradually in all regional languages. This week will also see the launch of an HD VMD Bundle Box including 5 HD titles, available at a RRP of RS11500, through Indian retailers and on e-commerce sites for Asian audiences living overseas. As part of NME's launch into six regions worldwide, India remains a central and important focus within its global strategy. With top tier Bollywood film distributor Eros already signed up as an international partner, NME are forging a number of other key content and electronic relationships, quickly establishing HD VMD as the most supported High Definition format in India. They also count film content distributors AP International, Ultra and Eagle as partners for South Indian and Hollywood content and are nearing conclusion with four other major distributors to be announced later this month. Despite the proliferation of HD LCD and plasma displays, many consumers, including those in Asia, have little or no access to High Definition content. Forecasts have predicted it would be some time before HD becomes a true global offering. By introducing HD VMD, NME promises to revolutionize the home entertainment market in Asia with the first HD red laser format available to consumers. This first generation HD VMD Player offers "True High Definition" in 1080p; in addition, it is backwards-compatible and capable of playing existing DVD formats. NME will be offering players and titles at a price considerably lower than its larger competitors, making it the most accessible HD format yet. Recent demonstrations at worldwide events like Cannes Film Festival, CEDIA in the US, IFA in Germany and CeBIT have seen a number of major manufacturing brands excited about licensing the VMD technology. HD VMD technology is based on a high-capacity red laser optical disc designed by NME, who have developed the world's first commercially produced multilayer disc, by mastering the process to increase the number of layers for information storage, with typical storage capacities of 5GB per layer. HD VMD's affordability, adherence to current manufacturing processes and speed to market have been embraced by rights holders, electronics distributors and replicators alike. NME believes that its Bollywood content is a major key in its global strategy for growth. HD VMD has the support of many of the leading independent film studios and distributors around the world, currently growing their HD library and already boasting a large number of blockbuster films- from Hollywood to Bollywood, along with a number of ethnic titles. Vijay Shanker CEO of NME India, commenting on the HD industry in India, states, "The leading Television brands in India have started selling HD LCD TVs in a big way with massive advertising campaigns. The launch of HD VMD Players and movies are perfectly timed to complement the consumers' quest for a total High Definition Home Theater system." Shanker adds, "This is the first true HD player for India. It's a significant event as the film industry's movie makers and distributors are all taking a keen interest by including HD in all their future Home Video distribution plans." Mahesh Jayanarayan CEO of NME Inc, noted that "We are excited about bringing our technology to the Bollywood market. We have developed a high definition product that speaks to the current market and also looks to the future. We realize how important content is to consumers in India and we are growing a library of HD film titles with each distribution partner, with many new distributors coming on board at every stage. This will be the key in expanding our format." What you should know about HD VMD: HD VMD (Versatile Multilayer Disc) is NME's proprietary high definition disc format based on established red laser technology and developers of the world's first ever commercial multilayer disc solution. NME's patented 2p process method succeeded in solving the technological problems which limited DVDs to two information layers. HD VMD's seamless and cost-effective manufacturing solutions for High Definition products are based on the existing DVD production and industrial infrastructure. HD VMD prices and costs are very close to DVDs and bring a quality that rivals both Blu-ray and HD DVD. HD VMD is a true HD format with 1920 x 1080i/p resolution, up to 40 Mbps bit rate playback, DVD up-scaling so users can watch their existing DVD collection and achieve premium picture quality through their HD TV monitors. The HD VMD player is suitable for playback on all HD-capable display devices and will support existing optical disc formats: CD, DVD. HD VMD players also feature Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and all region codes for greater film viewing flexibility. HD VMD is currently being adopted by content providers and distributors in more than a dozen regions worldwide, including Australia, Brazil, Central Europe, China, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, Scandinavia, Middle East, Russia and the United States. For additional information about NME, please visit: http://www.hdvmdnews.com New Medium Enterprises Inc. is listed on the OTC BB exchange in the U.S. under the symbol NMEN; NME's HD VMD drives offer the world's first affordable solution in true High Definition based on current red laser technology and the existing DVD industrial infrastructure. Incorporating break-through optical storage capacity, red laser-based players, the HD VMD file format, copyright encryption, authoring tools and compression technologies, NME is providing the only high-quality and high-value offering for the consumer electronics market. For additional information about NME, please visit: http://www.nmeinc.com All material on this site Copyright 2006 CMP Media LLC. 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