updated 02:00 pm EDT, Tue October 10, 2006
NME VMD Movie Player
Even as Blu-Ray and HD DVD continue to battle for leadership in next-generation disc formats, New Medium Enterprises has announced that it will add still another format to the competition. The company has introduced its new HD VMD format and player. HD VMD (or High-Definition Versatile Media Disc) avoids many of the problems inherent to the other formats, says NME. Instead of relying on blue lasers, HD VMD can store as much as 40GB on a dual-layer disc read using more traditional red beams. This carries with it the benefits both of easy support for CDs and DVDs as well as lowering the cost of producing each disc. The initial player can play all three discs and is available now from the company for $175 with a choice of ten movies at launch, including titles such as "Hostage" and "Sleepy Hollow."
NME also said that it would use its presence at the CES expo in January to demonstrate a newer player that the company claims will support Blu-Ray and HD DVD alongside HD VMD discs.