MultiPlay certification program now ready for rollout to enable consumers to recognize CD or DVD players that can utilize CD-R and CD-RW discs recorded on PC
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. July 23, 2001 The Optical Storage
Technology Association (OSTA) today announced that test discs for its
recently approved MultiPlay Compact Disc compatibility specification are
now available to manufacturers of consumer CD/DVD players. Manufacturers
who complete and pass the self-certification requirements can receive
a license from OSTA to use the MultiPlay logo. The logo will enable consumers
to recognize CD and DVD players that can utilize Compact Disc Recordable
(CD-R) and Compact Disc ReWritable (CD-RW) discs recorded on personal
computers, and do so as readily as they use pressed discs.
Manufacturers of CD players designed to play audio discs may apply this MultiPlay logo to signify that they are also capable of audio playback from CD-R and CD-RW discs. Similarly, DVD players that can play pressed DVD movie discs or CD audio discs may apply the MultiPlay logo to signify their capability to play audio from CD-R and CD-RW discs. A large number of CD and DVD players can also play CD-Text audio discs and VideoCD Movie discs. The new specification defines the following requirements for a consumer CD/DVD player to be MultiPlay capable:
CD Players capable of only CD Audio must play CD Audio from CD-R
and CD-RW discs.
Consumers will benefit greatly from the improved compatibility, since more and more consumers have access or ability to record CDs. With MultiPlay, the consumer will be enabled to play not only commercially available content but also personal content, such as compilation audio discs made from their own library of commercial audio discs or from compressed audio files stored on their PC. Digital photos downloaded to the PC from digital cameras or scanners can also be recorded onto CD and played in MultiPlay-capable DVD or VideoCD players. Furthermore, personal video in MPEG1 format can be recorded on CDs and played in MultiPlay capable DVD or VideoCD players.
For further information, please refer to the OSTA MultiPlay compatibility specification and test plan, available at www.osta.org/multiplay. To obtain the test discs and self-certification requirements, manufacturers may contact Ray Freemanray@osta.org.
The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) was incorporated as
an international trade association in 1992 to promote the use of recordable
optical technologies and products. The organizations membership
includes optical product manufacturers and resellers from three continents,
representing more than 85 percent of worldwide writable optical product
shipments. They work to shape the future of the industry through regular
meetings of CD/DVD, file interchange, high performance, market development,
and planning committees. Interested companies worldwide are invited to
join the organization and participate in its programs by contacting an
OSTA representative at +1 805/963-3853, by fax +1 805/962-1541 or by addressing
its Web site. More information on this technology and other optical technologies
used widely today is available at the OSTA web site, www.osta.org.
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