Consumers who want to watch movies on their PC will have another option for DVD
delivery following the upcoming release of Jazz
Dubbed Jammin' DVD II, the kit includes a Toshiba DVD-ROM drive and remote
control and an MPEG
and surround-sound card based on technology from C-Cube.
The playback card is VGA card-compatible and also plays CDs. Its TV-out
function lets users view a DVD movie on a television set or on the PC while
simultaneously running computer applications.
Toshiba's drive is compatible with CD-ROM, DVD, AND CD-RW (recordable).
At $379, the kit falls into the cheaper end of the DVD kit pricing
spectrum. Sony and Philips Electronics offer kits with the Sigma Designs decoder for $599. Diamond Multimedia's DVD kit sells for
$399.95, and Creative Technology
sells its kit for $380.
Jammin' DVD II also is sold without the drive, for $199. The products will
ship later this month.