Although DVD-ROM players have barely hit store shelves, top consumer electronics manufacturers are already working on a recordable DVD (digital video disc) format that could be available by the end of 1997 or early 1998.
A single-sided DVD-RAM disc would be able to store 2.6GB of data. DVD-ROMs, on the other hand, will initially store 4.7GB of data--enough for a two-hour movie with surround sound. The DVD-RAM discs will be able to hold an hour of full-motion video, the report says.
DVD-RAM drive vendors are expected to have products ready for use in computer systems in the first quarter of 1998.
Other companies involved in the talks include Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Pioneer Electronics and its parent company, Matsushita Electric, Philips Electronics NV, Sony, Time Warner, Thomson SA, and Victor of Japan.