Matsushita to show DVD/Internet hybrid system

Matsushita will next week demonstrate a system that lets users view MPEG-2 videos linked to a World Wide Web site without downloading the videos.

At next week's Comdex show in Las Vegas, Matsushita will demonstrate a system that lets users view MPEG-2 videos linked to a World Wide Web site without downloading the videos.

The Comdex demonstration, to be held jointly with the Japan Tourism Board, will enable users to access a Web site and search for potential travel destinations. When users come across a location of interest to them, they can click on still images that will alert the DVD (digital video disk) system to play client-stored videos of that location, a company spokeswoman says.

The system includes a DVD-ROM drive, MPEG-2 decoder card and MPEG-2 video plug-in software for Netscape's Navigator browser. A user identification function can be built into the system by prerecording user ID information on the DVD-ROM disk.

Matsushita foresees the system being used for catalogue shopping and distance learning. Pricing and availability have not been decided.

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