Philips is to introduce at CeBIT 2004 the first PC drives and media to support the recently announced double-layer DVD+R format as well as PC drives that can burn recordable media at the ultimate speed of 16x.
8x double layer recordable DVD drive and media
The upcoming Philips 8x DVDRW885K is the first recordable PC drive capable of doubling a DVD’s effective storage capacity to up to 8.5GB on a double-layer, single-sided DVD+R disc. These double-layer DVD+R discs can contain about four hours of DVD-quality video or 13 CD-ROMs worth of data, which can be accessed without the need to turn over the disc. Another key advantage of double layer DVD+R is its compatibility with existing DVD Video players and DVD ROM drives. In addition to the PC drive, Philips will be among the first to introduce a double layer, 8.5GB disc.
The DVDRW885K drive offers the highest recording speed available in the market today, and includes the acclaimed Nero 6™ software suite for DVD and CD burning, authoring and editing.
Philips will introduce the DVDRW885K as a complete kit, in Europe in April 2004 with an expected retail price of Euro 169 (incl. VAT)*. The double layer DVD+R media will be included in the kit and will be available in retail in the same time frame.
16x DVD drive and media
Philips will be first to market with the fastest ‘double-layer’ recordable DVD drive, the DVDR1640K. This internal PC drive will offer the fastest achievable DVD recording speed – sixteen-speed (16x) on a DVD+R disc- as well as the largest capacity of 8.5GB on a single sided, double layered DVD+R disc.
The DVDR1640K will provide PC users with the ultimate platform to create their own multimedia content, transfer video from camcorders to DVD or archive data, video or audio content quickly to disc.
The new Philips DVDR1640K recordable DVD drive will offer 16x write capabilities on DVD+R discs and 4x on DVD+RW media, which can then be played back on existing DVD Video players and DVD-ROM drives. The drive will also be supplied with a complete software suite for DVD and CD burning, editing and authoring, as well as archiving.
Philips will introduce the DVDR1640K and 16x media, as a complete kit, in Europe by July 2004 with an expected retail price of Euro 199 (incl. VAT).
DVD+RW shows highest innovation rate of recordable DVD formats
The introduction of the Philips high speed DVDRW885K and DVDR1640K PC drives, and the arrival of double-layer and 16x DVD recording, further underlines how the well-established DVD+RW format consistently delivers the industry’s highest rate of innovation.
The format also boasts the highest levels of playback compatibility. Manufacturers of other formats have included DVD+RW into their product concepts, and the market clearly shows an increasing and significantly bigger share of DVD+R/+RW discs. Nevertheless, to remove any confusion a customer may have concerning what kind of disc to use with their recordable DVD PC drives, Philips will enable its PC-based rewritable DVD drive to not only read, but also write on all available rewritable (+/- RW) and write-once (+/-R) discs.
Owners of the existing Philips DVDRW824 8x single-layer drive will be able to download a firmware upgrade in the second half of March. Details of the upgrade will be posted on the website www.Philips.com/pcstuff in due course. The new 8x DVDRW885K will be prepared to include this feature, with a download to become available in the autumn. The new 16x DVDR1640K will include this feature as its introduction date onwards.
The DVD+R/+RW format is embraced throughout the industry and offers the highest level of convenience and widest scala of possibilities for the end user. Philips is fully committed to continue developing the DVD+RW format offering the consumer the maximum DVD recording experience.
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April2004 so our DUTCH cousins are the guinea pigs for this format?
Anyone know yet if you burn a DECRYTED dual layer to a DUAL-LAYER phillips disc as above...will it play in the settop?
My guess is the LAYER BREAK needs to be fixed to copy across?
or is it just DATA?
Well from reading various info on the First Phillips on coming out it appears they plan to add -R support to it via firmware upgrade at some later point. So I guess I'll get that one when it comes out.
My question is this... I found the PDF document talking about the drive and they say its coming with Nero 6. On the Nero software list they include. "Nero Burning Rights 1" Any clue what that is?
Originally Posted by Flaystus
You will have to wait another year (or two) because that -R support will be for single layer -R/RW disks.
DVDRW885 is expected to ship some time in April for €169. NO -R/RW support.
The DVDRW1640 will ship in July for €200. This drive has -R support at 8x and -RW at 4x.
DVD+R 16x 8x
DVD+R DL 2.4x 2.4x
DVD+RW 4x 4x
CD-R 40x 24x
CD-RW 24x 10x
DVD-ROM 16x 12x
DVD±R/RW 10x 7x
DVD+R DL 10x 7x
CD-ROM 40x 40x
CD-RW 32x 32x
CD-ROM 120ms 120ms
DVD-ROM 140ms 140ms
Originally Posted by kabanero
And when tracking down info about the burner it does sound like eventually they plan to add -R to the one that starts only supporting +R. Said later in the year via firmware upgrade.
Quote from CDRLABS.COM:
As we've reported earlier in the week, the DVDRW885 is expected to ship some time in April for €169. The DVDRW1640 will ship in July for €200. Philips' press release also confirms that DVD-R/RW writing capabilities will be added to the DVDRW885 and DVDRW824 later this year. As we find out more, we'll let you know.