BEIJING, Oct. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A government-affiliated research body announced
here Tuesday that it will develop China's own DVD format in order to break
monopoly of foreign companies in DVD manufacturing.
Lu Da, deputy director of the National Disc Engineering Center,said that
the new Chinese DVD format will be based on the prevailing format of HD-DVD but
incompatible with the HD-DVD systems.
The Chinese format will produce higher definition, better soundand safer
way for copyright protection, Lu said.
"With such format and related standards," Lu said, "We could have our own
voice in the DVD industry."
The new Chinese DVD format is scheduled to put into market before 2008.
China produced about 70 percent to 80 percent of the world's DVD players.
However, Chinese manufacturers need to pay licensing fee to overseas patent
holders in the DVD industry.
The licensing fee accounts for 40 percent of the rough cost of each DVD
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