Studios control when and where their movies are shown on DVD around the world, thanks to the DVD Consortium
and the U.S.
There are at least two blocs in the DVD consortium
, one contradicting the other.
Founded in 1995 under the original name DVD Consortium
, today's membership includes more than 200 companies.
"Luskin has been a strategic and major player in digital media," said Emiel Petrone, director of the motion picture industry DVD consortium
and executive vice president of Philips Entertainment Group.
But the DVD Consortium
(now DVD Forum), which originally represented 10 companies involved in DVD hardware manufacturing (Toshiba, Hitachi, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Pioneer Philips, Sony, Thomson, and JVC) and DVD content provision (Time Warner), agreed upon the name "DVD-RAM."
ZiVA is the industry's first single-chip DVD decoder to incorporate the DVD Consortium
's copy protection scheme, known as the content scramble system (CSS).
Toshiba will release the kits even if lingering issues of copy-protection remain unresolved--although the company said the DVD consortium
is close to an agreement and only formalities remain.
It wasn't until December 1995 that the Forum (initially known as the DVD Consortium
) was formed.
Last month I predicted that the information industry will not wait to start publishing Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) titles until all the hardware manufacturers, members of the DVD Consortium
, and the various interest groups agree on a standard implementation of the conditions set by the audio and movie industry.
Philips and Sony, however, "will continue to support" the DVD consortium
and the agreed-upon format.