DVD Recordable Media--Is This the Year?
At the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show, Panasonic introduced a combination DVD-RAM and DVD-R drive that can record to both formats. Andy Marken, of Marken Communications and a spokesperson for the Panasonic drive, said the DVD-RAM/DVD-R combo drive initially is being offered to PC manufacturers and peripheral manufacturers such as LaCie and other drive makers. It will be available to OEMs by the end of May and will be a price under $700.
How soon this combo drive will make its way into the home A/V component is unclear, but the drive will be offered to companies who wish to use it for consumer applications.
As for Panasonic itself, no official word has been released regarding a Panasonic brand combo component or branded PC drive, but Marken said there may be products available in the third quarter from the company.