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China developing incompatible version of HD DVD

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As if the money grubbing battle 'tween HD DVD and Blu-ray wasn't enough to shake the collective will of the sofa ridin' set, now China is weighing in with their own official standard based on, but incompatible with, HD DVD. So what, you might be tempted to twitter. Well, keep in mind that China produces somewhere around 80 percent of all the world's DVD players and these manufacturers must pay licensing fees (estimated to be 40 percent of the total cost for each player) to foreign patent owners. Could this formidable foe bring some unity to the HD DVD and Blu-ray camps who risk losing all? Nah doubt it, both camps should be firmly entrenched with product by the time the Chinese standard hits the market in 2008.

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