|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. .