The DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C) consisting of nine leading developers of DVD technology and formats - Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd., JVC KENWOOD Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. - today announced that it is revising its worldwide patent licensing program to offer a reduced royalty rate for DVD Read-Only Discs to licensees in good standing.

Specifically, the revised licensing program provides for the following reduced rates from the current US$0.04 per disc - for Read-Only Discs (DVD-Video Discs, DVD-ROM Discs, and DVD-Audio Discs) for licensees in good standing, i.e., licensees who have no overdue or incorrect royalty reports or overdue or underpaid royalties (including back royalties) and are otherwise in compliance with their license agreement with DVD6C:

  • US$0.035 per disc for all DVD Read-Only Discs sold or otherwise transferred on or after July 1, 2013.
  • US$0.033 per disc for all DVD Read-Only Discs sold or otherwise transferred on or after January 1, 2014.
  • US$0.03 per disc for all DVD Read-Only Discs sold or otherwise transferred on or after January 1, 2015.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and its convergence technologies, announced today a new slot-in, slim portable DVD writer, the SE-B18AB optical disc drive (ODD), that adds to its former version’s sleek design and convenient functions.

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The new SE-B18AB provides a metallic-finished surface which nicely matches today’s slim laptop designs. With its stylish footprint and smart features, consumers will appreciate the SE-B18AB as an excellent laptop companion.

The SE-B18AB’s slot-in system allows easier loading and unloading of discs. Without the need to open or close the tray, the drive will swallow the disc automatically. A simple push of a button will eject the inserted disc.

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today officially released its BDR-XS05 slot loading BD/DVD/CD burner, which can be used in a horizontal or vertical (standing up) position to save on desk space. The slot loading mechanism on the BDR-XS05 adds elegance and a differentiating style to conventional tray or clamshell drives, and is intended for discerning consumers opting for a device that combines technology, performance and great cosmetic appeal. The versatile and slim BDR-XS05 supports all BDXL discs and includes CyberLink software for Blu-ray and DVD playback, video editing and authoring, and data/file storage. In addition, the drive offers USB 3.0 connectivity for high speed read and write performance.

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“The BDR-XS05 not only offers great performance, but we’ve also made it fun and functional by letting users customize it so it’s not just another computer device sitting on a table or desk,” said Steven Cohn, director of optical sales for the Home Electronics Industrial Department at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “With the clear top plate, users can change the color with the three inserts we’ve included in the packaging or add their own insert such as a picture so the device becomes part of the office or home décor.”

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Buffalo Japan sent out a press release earlier this week, announcing its new portable DVD writer, the DVSM-PTS58U3. Available in your choice of black, white and silver, the drive weighs in at a mere 220g and is only 14.4mm thick. The DVSM-PTS58U3 is also USB powered and is capable of 8x DVD±R, 6x DVD±R DL, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x.

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The DVSM-PTS58U3 features an LED indicator that shows whether or not it is getting enough power as well as a second USB cable to "boost" the power to the required levels. The drive also ships with a software bundle from CyberLink that includes PowerDVD and Power2Go. The DVSM-PTS58U3 is scheduled to ship in early October and is expected to retail for about 7,245 Yen ($73US).

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Vinpower Digital, a recognized global manufacturer and distributor of digital duplication equipment and accessories, has added the prestigious Plextor brand to its arsenal of products.  Vinpower partnered with Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions (PLDS), to distribute the full line of Plextor PX-891SAW Optical Disc Drives (ODD) worldwide.

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"If you talk to anyone about digital duplication equipment, the name Vinpower Digital is guaranteed to come up; therefore, we are quite excited to work closely with Vinpower Digital to bring consumers and professional users the enhanced Plextor PX-891SAW drives." said Darlo Perez, Managing Director of Plextor Americas. "This drive is designed for optical storage applications such as digital duplication equipment which demands greater reliability and performance."

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press release earlier this week, announcing what it claims to be the world's first portable, wireless Blu-ray Disc writer. The BDR-WFS05J is based on the company's portable, slot-loading Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-XS05J. When connected to a USB 3.0 port, this drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. It also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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The included wireless dock can function as an 802.11a/b/g/n access point or be connected to via a router at speeds up to 300Mbps. Thanks to the dock's high-speed USB virtualization technology, users can play back movies or burn a disc from their Windows-based PC or tablet using the included CyberLink software. Mac support is also planned and will be added in the future through a free firmware update.

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Buffalo Japan recently announced its new portable, BDXL compatible Blu-ray Disc writer, the BRXL-PC6VU2-C. Available in four glossy colors, this USB-powered drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. The BRXL-PC6VU2-C also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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The BRXL-PC6VU2-C features an LED indicator that shows whether or not it is getting enough power as well as a second USB cable to "boost" the power to the required levels. The drive also ships with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports BDXL recording as well as Blu-ray 3D playback. The BRXL-PC6VU2-C is scheduled to ship in early September and is expected to retail for about 10,920 Yen ($112US).

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Verbatim, the global leader in data storage technology including portable hard drives, USB flash drives, CDs, Blu-ray discs and memory cards, is now offering Duplicator Plus DVDs. With this new offering of Duplicator Plus DVDs, Verbatim continues to set the standard for high-speed duplication disc performance, reliability and compatibility.

Verbatim’s Duplicator Plus DVD-R was developed to ensure optimal compatibility with many duplication machines by utilizing the "MCC ID" as media manufacturing ID, resulting in a minimal rate of write errors. The recording layer is tuned to attain a wider power margin, offering better compatibility with older model and low laser power drives. Available in both branded and non branded white inkjet hub printable surfaces, these discs are designed to be recorded at higher speed and save time for operation.

“Unlike the counterfeit MCC ID product prevalent in today's marketplace the Duplicator Plus product incorporates a dye - disk structure that is optimized for the Guaranteed MCC ID stamper and substrate,” said Bob Burkhardt, Vice President, Business Development of Storage & Accessories for Verbatim. “This optimized structure offers the broadest range of laser power sensitivity for flawless performance in production duplication environments.  Due to this broad range of laser power sensitivity, customers can experience an extremely low fall out rate over a wider spectrum of equipment.”

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Sony Corporation (‘Sony’) and Panasonic Corporation (‘Panasonic’) today announced that they have signed a basic agreement with the objective of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs, with the objective of expanding their archive business for long-term digital data storage. Both companies aim to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies held by each respective company, and will target the development of an optical disc with recording capacity of at least 300GB by the end of 2015. Going forward, Sony and Panasonic will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other items relating to the development of this new standard.

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content. Both companies have previously developed products based on the Blu-ray™ format, leveraging the strengths of optical discs. However, both Sony and Panasonic recognized that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage in years to come given the expected future growth in the archive market, and responded by formulating this agreement.

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Pioneer Japan sent out a press today, announcing its new portable, slot-loading Blu-ray Disc writer, the BDR-XS05J. This USB 3.0 equipped drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH, 2x BD-RE and 2x BD-RE DL writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. The BDR-XS05J also writes to triple- (100GB) and quad-layer (128GB) BD-R media at 4x and triple-layer (100GB) BD-RE media at 2x.

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Along with a customizable, transparent panel, the BDR-XS05J includes features like Pioneer's PureRead2+ technology and noise reducing firmware. It also ships with a software bundle from CyberLink that supports BDXL recording as well as Blu-ray 3D playback. The BDR-XS05J is scheduled to ship in late June and is expected to retail for about 15,000 Yen ($266US).

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