The CEO of S3 confirmed today that DVD drives will not replace VCRs because of conflicting formats.
The accelerator board manufacturer said, instead, that users are more likely to see films on PCs rather than using a DVD drive as a replacement for a video recorder.
Gary Thompson, S3's CEO, said that the five conflicting formats for DVD - representing the five continents on the planet - meant that if you were in Paris and had bought a DVD drive, you could buy the films via mail order from the US. He said the formats were different and you could not use one DVD drive everywhere.
That was confirmed by Michael Moone, head of a company in the US, Dhvajadou, which has signed a deal with S3 to license its film technology to S3.
He said there were no plans to merge with S3 but Thompson confirmed there were existing plans.
According to Thompson, the filmic rights that Hollywood had imposed - especially from Warner Brothers - were holding up the whole show.
He said it was likely to be by the end of next year before those issues were resolved but that could be cured by PC users seeing films before then because of the deal.
The price of DVD players on PCs was likely to push the technology before VCRs, he said.
But S3 is 18 months ahead of its PC opposition, Thompson confirmed. By striking a deal with CEO Moone, it had pre-empted other deals.
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