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First CBHD players released in China

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 24 Apr 2009 12:49 User comments (6)

First CBHD players released in China Players for China's CBHD format, formerly known as CH-DVD in China and C-HD-DVD by the DVD Forum, are finally available.
The two players released yesterday are made by Chinese manufacturers TCL and Shinco, and are expected to sell for close to $300 (about 2,000 yuan). Discs will be around $7 (50 yan).

Blu-ray players and discs, which made their debut in China last year, cost around $700 and $35 respectively.

CBHD is based partly on the HD DVD format which lost out to Blu-ray as the presumed HD successor to DVD, although it uses different video and audio encoding. Much of the technology used in CBHD was developed by China's Optical Memory National Engineering Research Center under funding from the Chinese governemnt

So far Warner Brothers is the only major Hollywood studio with plans to release movies in CBHD format. They plan to release 100 CBHD titles this year.

Tony Vaughan, managing director of CAV Warner Home Entertainment, said "I believe Chinese consumers are willing to buy legitimate content as long as the price is appropriate." He added, "We hope that more Hollywood makers will embrace this standard soon."

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6 user comments

124.4.2009 16:33

uummmm...blu ray players are already in the 200$ range......

224.4.2009 17:25

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
uummmm...blu ray players are already in the 200$ range......
That's until the Chinese Government decides that Blu-ray is evil and is a Anti-Government threat.

324.4.2009 18:01

Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
uummmm...blu ray players are already in the 200$ range......
That's until the Chinese Government decides that Blu-ray is evil and is a Anti-Government threat.
Oh pelase they will be happy to get companies to make cheap BR players and discs and bootlegs as long as they get a cut of the profit :P

424.4.2009 23:45

It is not about cost, it is about keeping foreign influences out. If they can eliminate DVD & Blu-ray, and use an inferior, overpriced format that the rest of the world will not use...then the only content available will be what the chinese government approves of...or at least that is the idea.

525.4.2009 2:09

maybe,,,,,it's good news..






lol

625.4.2009 9:13

Originally posted by KillerBug:
It is not about cost, it is about keeping foreign influences out. If they can eliminate DVD & Blu-ray, and use an inferior, overpriced format that the rest of the world will not use...then the only content available will be what the chinese government approves of...or at least that is the idea.
Unless they make sure it can't play normal video DVDs the bootleg markets will still thrive...... through it would be interesting if we got a low cost HDVD to archive to out of it all..but hell BR burners are under are under 200 and a 25 pack of BR discs are under 100!

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