The companies belonging to Forum DVD agreed in a meeting to integrate the regional coding system into the next generation of optical technology discs. During the meeting, it was agreed among all the creation of a working group that will be responsible for the development of the coding system on HD DVDs, as well as the creation of the map of regions and the necessary requirements with the studios.
This is a measure similar to that already used in ordinary DVDs, which makes it impossible to read a disc purchased in a market in a different region from that to which the DVD player belongs, in order to prevent piracy. Despite the encoding, adapted or white label players, mostly manufactured in the Asian market, allow the discs to be read without the reproduction being affected by regional codes.
During the meeting, the Forum DVD technical committee approved other measures in addition to the protection of HD DVD, namely the creation of a new physical format, capable of supporting HD DVD content, only readable in China, as well as the creation of recording specifics , including the dual-layer HD DVD-RW.
Manufacturers of media compatible with high-definition Blu-ray technology had previously announced their intention to encode their discs by region, reducing the number of encoded regions from seven to just three: North America and South America, Asia (except China), Europe and Africa, Russia, China and all other regions.
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