Blu-ray Disc licensing begins

The group behind the Blu-ray Disc high-definition video disc standard has finalized the first-generation version of the format, it said at CES in Las Vegas.

The group behind the Blu-ray Disc high-definition video disc standard has finalized the first-generation version of several formats and is ready to begin licensing, it said last week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Blu-ray Disc Association said it has begun offering licenses for BD-ROM, the read-only version of the format, the BD-R recordable format and version 2.0 of the BD-RW rewritable format.

With the completion of the format license the stage is almost set for the launch of Blu-ray Disc. The final piece of the puzzle will be the copyright management system, said Andy Parsons, a senior vice president of Pioneer's product development and technical support unit, in an interview.

The system is being developed by a group of companies as the AACS (Advanced Access Content System). The companies behind AACS include IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Panasonic), Sony, Toshiba, The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros.

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