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DVD Forum to Start Verification of DVD-Audio Format Products
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 28, 1999--The DVD Forum today announced that it will start verification services for products based on the DVD-Audio format at some of its authorized DVD Format Verification Laboratories from September 1999.

Format verification is conducted to establish the conformity of DVD products with DVD formats created by the DVD Forum, and allows manufacturers of successfully tested products to use DVD logos as proof of conformity. Under the Format and Logo License agreement with the DVD Forum, manufactures of DVD products are required to receive verification for their first production models at the authorized Verification Laboratories, in order to assure compatibility among DVD players/drives and discs in the marketplace.

In addition to the existing formats of DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM and DVD-R, the DVD Forum will offer verification services for the newly-established DVD-Audio format at its authorized laboratories at Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Pioneer Corporation, Sony Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, and Warner Advanced Media Operations. Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC), which is a core member of the DVD Forum, is also setting up a laboratory to start DVD-Audio verification in September, upon authorization by the DVD Forum.

These laboratories will be equipped with verifiers that verify the logical format of the DVD-Audio discs, and supplemental test players for checking disc playability. The labs will also provide reference test discs for DVD-Audio players to check audio still video, audio title set, video title set, navigation command and Packed PCM, so as to assure compatibility among DVD-Audio products in the market.

The DVD-Audio format was established by the DVD Forum in February 1999, and its Format Book was issued in April. The verification service for this new format is expected to provide a solid foundation for the launch of DVD-Audio and to support the fast acceptance and wide spread of the new technology in the market.

Since November 1996, the DVD Forum has set up eight authorized Verification Laboratories worldwide. The labs support the manufacturing of DVD-compliant equipment and discs through the development and distribution of verification tools and test specifications, format verification services, market monitoring, investigation and analysis of market claims, and distribution of Format Verification News via the DVD Forum web site.

DVD-Audio Verification Laboratories

--  Matsushita (DVD Verification Lab.)FAX: 81-6-6909-5027
--  Pioneer (DVD Verification Lab.)   FAX: 81-429-43-0395
--  Sony (DVD Verification Lab.)      FAX: 81-3-5769-5890
--  Toshiba (DVD Verification Lab.)   FAX: 81-3-5444-9430
--  Warner Advanced Media Operations (DVD Format
     Verification Services)FAX: 717/383-0328

     Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
     Corporate Public Relations Division, 81-6-6908-0447
     Fax: 81-6-6907-2013
     Pioneer Corporation
     Corporate Communications Division, 81-3-3495-9885
     Fax: 81-3-3495-4301
     Sony Corporation
     Public Relations Division, 81-3-5448-2200
     Fax: 81-3-5448-3061
     Toshiba Corporation
     Corporate Communications Office, 81-3-3457-2105
     Fax: 81-3-5444-9402
     Victor Company of Japan, Limited (JVC)
     Public Relations Department, 81-45-450-1489
     Fax: 81-45-450-1498
     Warner Advanced Media Operations
     Multimedia Center, 570/383-3568
     Fax: 570/383-7487

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