Yamaha is putting its weight behind the DVD+RW standard for its entry into the DVD recorder market later this year. The company showcased its first model, the DRX-1, at the Consumer Electronics Show. Yamaha is a member of the DVD+RW alliance, which includes Philips, Thompson, Sony, Ricoh, HP, Dell and Mitsubishi Chemical. The format features two-way compatibility - the device will play existing pre-recorded DVD software and discs recorded on DVD+RW components can be played on existing DVD players and DVD-ROM drives. The DRX-1 will record on DVD+R and DVD+RW media and will play back most major media, according to Yamaha. The device will also feature four recording modes allowing recording time from one to six hours as well as standard DVD features such as index picture navigation, timer recording, G-Code and built-in TV tuner. The DRX-1 is due to hit the market just before Christmas. Pricing is yet to be finalised.
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