The CES Report - Video Recording Trends
CES, though, wasn't so much about the "now" of digital video recording so much as the "now and the near future." Certainly showgoers found that DVD recorders are now an industry-wide phenomenon, video-friendly HDDs are popping up in all kinds of permutations and, perhaps most impressively, networking all of this digital video in the home and developing some sort of relationship with multimedia files stored on home PCs are prime initiatives for the major CE players.
But there are storm clouds that continue to hover over the digital video recording category, caveats beyond price, that could sully growth in the industry. Hollywood is seeking to protect its intellectual property, so copy protection as it relates to video recorders is still a major, ongoing issue. A format war between recordable DVD standards — DVD-R/-RW/-RAM and DVD+R/+RW — is still in effect, although many manufacturers say that the issue is overblown, and not of much concern to consumers. On the other hand, you have the Recordable DVD Council, the DVD-R industry group, not-so-subtly touting its favored technology as "Real DVD." Add the fact that the next generation of DVD is in the lab (e.g., "blue ray" DVD), that PVRs have so far been marketed abysmally and that HDTV and DVD aren't exactly made for each other as presently constituted, and many consumers are likely to have lots of questions. It is in dealers' best interests not to let these products simply sell themselves (they're that cool), but instead be fully versed in the mitigating issues be-hind the products so customers don't become disenchanted early on with these big-ticket items.
DVD Recorders, DVD-R/HDD Combos and D-VHS