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DVD formats: A house divided

The market for rewritable DVD drives is heating up, but that won't help supporters of two competing formats work together on a standard. Also: Budget PCs with burners coming soon?

The market for rewritable DVD drives is heating up, but that won't help supporters of two competing formats work together on a standard. Also: Budget PCs with burners could be on the shelves for the holidays.

DVD groups agree to disagree
The two industry groups fighting to establish a rewritable DVD standard show no interest in working together, but technological advances and behind-the-scenes negotiations may inch the market toward a compromise.
September 18, 2002

PC squeeze means DVDs for the masses
Will PC makers find the right holiday mix? PCs with recordable DVD drives may be the ticket--especially if they sell for $1,000, analysts predict.
September 17, 2002

Pioneer DVD drives too hot to handle
The consumer-electronics maker says its DVD-rewritable drives overheat when recording on certain high-speed disks.
September 17, 2002