China have been given the approval by the DVD Forum, the international DVD standard authority. The DVD Forum gave Chinese engineers the option to develop their own China-based format, which will rid having to pay large companies like Sony and Toshiba licensing fees to use their standard.
Whilst the format is expected to be based on Toshibas HD-DVD format, it will not be compatible with it, instead it will offer higher definition, better sound quality, and even better piracy controls than Sonys Blu-Ray Discs. It will also support Audio Video Coding Standard video compression technology, plus MPEG2, MPEG4 and Windows Media Video 9.
In 2003 China developed a competitor to the DVD, with their Enhanced Versatile Disc, which was dogged with legal actions from Chinese DVD player manufactures. Despite backing from the Government this format failed to make an impact in the Chinese market, but with Chinas influence on the world growing, and the country itself becoming consistently more developed it is possible that this format will challenge both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.
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