"Revolutionary Plastic - DVD"

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Revolutionary Plastic - DVD

DVD, which once stood for Digital Video Disc or Digital Versatile Disc, is the next generation of optical disc storage technology that is expected to rapidly replace the CD-ROM disk (as well as the audio compact disc) over the next few years.

DVD as an industry standard was announced in November 1995 and backed by major players in the CE, IT and movie industry. The first players appeared in Japan in November, 1996, followed by U.S. players in March, 1997. To produce DVD players, one needs to license a range of patents, owned by different companies. A number of these companies (Philips, Sony, Matsushita and Toshiba) have decided to license the necessary patents through one licensing agent. Philips has been selected to take up this administrative role. Matshusita was the company mainly responsible for the development of DVD as it is today. Philips, one of the first companies to make CD players, was the first to make a DVD player.

The invention of DVD cannot be attributed to one person or one company.

DVD-Video is the usual name for the DVD format designed for full-length movies and is a player that will work with your television set.

For starters, the Digital Versatile Disc is comprised of several models, each positioned to meet the needs of specific industries. DVD-Video and DVD-ROM, which were the first DVDs to hit the consumer market, are read-only versions that are ideal for full length feature films and computer games featuring highly advanced graphics. DVD-R (write once, read many) and DVD-RAM (rewritable) discs are designed to meet the ever increasing storage capacity demands of the computer industry, while DVD-Audio will likely store entire compilations of musicians, whether it be 50 songs, 75 songs or more.

The interesting thing about DVD descriptions...