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Panasonic's Commitment to RAM?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by DVD Amateur, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. DVD Amateur

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    We have been informed by a high street retailer that Panasonic are withdrawing from RAM in future. Apparently the next range of DVD recorders will still be available with RAM as one of the recording formats. Has anybody else heard this? If it is true then does this signal the death of RAM as a format?
     
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    You have been misled. The confusion probably arises from the fact that, following a mutual format support deal with HP, Panasonic have now added DVD+R and DVD-RW to their new DVD recorders. HP have added DVD-RAM support - which has had the desirable effect of encouraging LiteOn to add DVD-RAM support to their new burners.

    On the whole DVD-RAM's future looks quite rosey. LG have added it to their new range of DVD recorders, LiteOn will start producing Tri format laser heads by Q3 this year, ASUS have added DVD-RAM (read) support to their burners and the new Toshiba-Samsung alliance is likely to mean a rapid increase in cheap DVD-RAM compatible drives. The technology is still being developed as well - 16x DVD-RAM is being discussed (see here for example). My money is on DVD-RW being the first format to 'die' - but even that won't happen for years yet...
     

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