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Damnit China, why did you guys have to throw another wrench into the mix of future DVD format. If you recall, China had plans for a next-gen DVD format two years ago with their enhanced versatile disc (EVD). That project was scrapped in a hurry and now the Chinese researchers are developing this new format. The new format will be based on Toshiba's HD DVD, although it will not be compatible with it at all. While HD DVD and Blu-Ray burners and players will begin hitting the market later this year, China's new DVD format won't be available until 2008, at the earliest. So we could really call his a next-next-gen DVD format.

China Plan Its Own Next-Gen DVD Format [Sci-Tech Today]