The CES Report - Video Recording Trends
But what about Sony, a charter member of the DVD+RW Alliance? In its inimitable way, Sony rose above the fray and announced the industry's first dual-compatible DVD recorder. The RDR-GX7, slated for June availability at about $800, will record to both -R/-RW and +R/+RW. It also comes with a FireWire interface for digital camcorder connections.
Various manufacturers showed much more powerful blue-laser and next-generation red-laser DVD recorders and players that aren't anywhere close to market but can, unlike today's products, record HD content. That could create questions in consumers' minds as to how future-proof the DVD recorders they buy today will be in three or four years.
The one format that can play and record HD content today, D-VHS, was touted once again by its creator, JVC. (JVC, incidentally, is an executive member of the Recordable DVD Council, but has yet to announce a DVD recorder.) For now, it's sticking with its D-Theater D-VHS format, and at CES it gained an ally in Marantz, which announced its own D-Theater D-VHS unit, the MV8300, slated for March release at $1,599.