While other computer companies have been talking about DVD (digital video disk) as the way of the future over the past year, PC Direct has put the talk into action.
PC Direct is now selling a Pioneer DVD card and player kit with its new computers. DVD offers increased storage capacity — it can store more than seven times that of a CD Rom, up to 17Gb of data — and better audio performance.
DVD drives are likely to be an alternative to CD-ROM drives in future machines as they are shaped similarly and will play CD-ROMs, unlike many new CD formats such as CD-R and CD-RW.
PC Direct’s product manager, Richard Moss, is also betting on DVD technology replacing VCRs in future because of its storage capacity and its write-to ability, meaning users can subtitle pictures, dub in languages and view scenes from different angles.
DVD movie titles will be coming on to the New Zealand market soon, he says.
The DVD kit includes a Pioneer DVD-101 drive with Cinemaster DVD playback card and will sell for $1099 ex GST when bought with a PC Direct system.
Other vendors with DVD plans include Apple, which will be bringing out a DVD-drive machine later this year and plans to move its hardware entirely to DVD-only by the end of 1998.
Toshiba says it will have DVD in some of its laptops, or as an external drive, probably by the end of this year.