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OSTA’s DVD Compatibility Committee has established a joint DVD compatibility testing initiative with the DVD Association (DVDA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The three organizations are participating in a joint DVD compatibility testing initiative to provide an independent, objective reference source for compatibility information on recordable DVD technology.

The committee, which was formed in the fall of 2002 to specifically address compatibility issues, has been collaborating with leading media and drive manufacturers to develop an industry-wide solution based on a regular series of compatibility and physical tests, the results of which are provided to OEMs for analysis and feedback. The group examines a wide variety of media types, recordable DVD drives, DVD-ROM drives, and consumer DVD players, and defines objective testing methodologies and parameters aimed at assisting manufacturers in identifying and fixing possible problems between specific brand media and drive models.

Initial testing produced findings demonstrating that the quality of recordable DVD media plays the key role in compatibility. By implementing additional phases of testing in conjunction with major DVD drive and media manufacturers, DVDA, NIST and OSTA are continuing their partnership by providing an impartial process for measuring and improving compatibility to assist DVD media and drive manufacturers achieve the goal of 100 percent compatibility. .