AV Zombie: Sales of HD disc formats haven’t exactly set the world alight, but that hasn’t stopped UK-based New Medium Enterprises from championing its high-capacity Versatile Multilayer Disc (VMD) format at the recent Media-Tech expo in Spain.
The company demonstrated an ‘off the shelf’ DVD drive equipped with HD VMD PC playback software, along with its new HD VMD media player. It says proprietary PC drives will go on sale in Q3 07.
VMD technology can provide up to eight information layers on each side of a DVD (delivery 20GB a side) and can be utilized for both blue laser and red laser formats.
“The release of the HD VMD PC products is timed perfectly to coincide with the launch of HD VMD content from various distribution partners in key regions,” said Mahesh Jayanarayan, NME CEO. VMD claims to have support from content providers and distributors in 12 regions worldwide, including Brazil, Central Europe, China, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, the Middle East Russia, Scandinavia and the US.