Microsoft Gains Foothold in HD-DVD

Microsoft's VC-1 advanced compression video codec has been certified to be used in the emerging HD-DVD market. The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced this week that it had approved Microsoft's compression technology, which is based on its Windows Media 9 codec to be used in its BD-ROM specification for video pla
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Microsoft's VC-1 advanced compression video codec has been certified to be used in the emerging HD-DVD market.

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced this week that it had approved Microsoft's compression technology, which is based on its Windows Media 9 codec to be used in its BD-ROM specification for video playback equipment. The Blu-ray disc is a next-generation optical disc format developed for HD movies, photos and other digital content, capable of holding up to 25GB of data. A double-layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 50GB of data.

"VC-1, the emerging SMPTE standard based on Windows Media Video 9, is one of the key components in various HD optical formats and we are extremely pleased that Blu-ray has chosen it as a mandatory compression technology for its format," said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows digital media division.

Other BDA members include Dell, Hewlett Packard and Panasonic, among others.