Thomson, Divx Stage First Demo of High-Definition DVD Player

Thomson, Divx Stage First Demo of High-Definition DVD Player – Brief Article

Thomson Consumer Electronics and Digital Video Express (Divx) conducted a demonstration of high-definition programming on DVD in January 1999. The high-definition technology, jointly developed by the two companies, is expected to lead to an HDTV Divx-enabled DVD player during 2000. Current Divx players deliver movies on a five-inch disc with picture resolution more than twice that of conventional VCRs. High-definition technology offers even greater picture resolution (in excess of 1 million pixels) in the widescreen format. Based on the existing chassis design of Thomson’s RCA and PROSCAN Divx players, the new machines will read digital bits encoded on Divx discs and channel the fully encrypted signal through a VSB interface port to the viewer’s high-definition television. Using smart-card technology, the TV will decrypt the signal and display the high-definition image on the television screen.

(Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc., 10330 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290-1976; 317/587-3000; Fax 317/587-6765; http://www. thomson-multimedia.com. Digital Video Express LP, 9950 Mayland Drive, Richmond, VA 23233-1464; http://www.divx.com)

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