The CES Report - Video Recording Trends
For those keeping score, the "announced product" tally for DVD-R right now consists of models from Zenith, Samsung, Panasonic, Pioneer, Toshiba and Sharp, while the tally for DVD+R counts Philips, Thomson, Yamaha, Apex Digital, Taiwan-based MET Technologies, Hong Kong-based Mico Electric and Korean manufacturers Tae Young Telstar and Daewoo Electronics.
There are numerous DVD-R recorders in the pipeline, and the prices are getting closer to mass-market appeal. Samsung's slimline (79 mm tall) DVD-R4000 will also record to DVD-RAM; it'll ship in May at a $599 SRP. Sharp's DV-RW2U, due next month at $799.95 SRP, includes a FireWire input for direct digital video transfer to disc. Zenith's DVR313 is due in the third quarter for the lowest DVD recorder price to date, $499. Pioneer's DVR-001, positioned as — get this — an "entry-level DVD recorder," will bow this summer at $625 SRP. Panasonic's fourth-generation DVD-R/-RW/-RAM recorder, the DMR-E50, is due in April for $599.95 SRP. Panasonic also is still marketing its previously announced DVD-R/-RAM recorder/40-GB HDD combo unit, the $999.95 DMR-HS2, while Toshiba is similarly holding firm with last year's $1,499 DVD-R/-RAM recorder/80-GB HDD, the RD-X2. Pioneer joined the combo fray with the DVD-002H, a DVD-R recorder/80-GB HDD device slated to debut this summer for $999 SRP.
The DVD+R/+RW camp was not to be outdone; it announced several products of its own. Philips rolled out two new units as well as a "DVD recorder home theater system." An entry-level model, the DVDR75, is priced at $699 SRP and will be available in March, while a more sophisticated model in terms of image processing and embedded software, the DVDR80, bows in April for $799 SRP. The LX9000R package combines a DVD recorder with surround sound audio equipment; it'll debut this fall at $1,299 SRP. Thomson's RCA DRC8000N, a $599 SRP unit due in June, features the GUIDE Plus+ interactive program guide, which comes with no fee. Apex Digital's first DVD recorder, the DRX 9000, will ship in the third quarter; pricing is not yet available. Yamaha showed off its previously announced, currently shipping DRX1. MET's PV2400i has no shipping date scheduled; meanwhile, Mico, Tae Young Telstar and Daewoo say they will start production of their DVD recorders in mid-2003.