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The DVD Forum is an international organization composed primarily of hardware and software companies that use and develop the DVD format. It was initially known as the DVD Consortium when it was founded in 1995.
The DVD Forum was created to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas about the DVD format, and to enable it to grow through technical improvement and innovation. The organization hopes to promote worldwide acceptance of DVD for entertainment, consumer electronics and information technology applications. Membership in the DVD Forum is open to any company or organization involved in DVD research, development, or manufacturing; software firms and other DVD users interested in developing the format are also encouraged to join. Forum members can support other formats in addition to DVD.
What it does
The DVD Forum is responsible for the official DVD format specifications. The group handles licensing of the DVD format and logo through the DVD Format and Logo Licensing Corporation, which also publishes the official specifications in book form. Reference materials and newsletters are published for DVD Forum members.
Ten companies initially founded the organization:
- Hitachi Ltd.
- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co
- Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
- Pioneer Corporation
- Royal Philips Electronics N.V.
- Sony Corporation
- Time Warner Inc.
- Toshiba Corporation
- Victor Company of Japan (JVC)
Today, the DVD Forum has over 230 members.
Office of Secretary, DVD FORUM Daimon Urbanist Bldg. 6F 2-3-6, Shibadaimon, Minato-ku Tokyo 105-0012, Japan TEL 03-5777-2881 FAX 03-5777-2882
- On November 18, 2003 the steering committee of the DVD-Forum has decided with eight to six votes to make HD-DVD the HDTV successor of the DVD.
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