JVC has become the 14th manufacturer to join the Blu-ray Disc Assn. (BDA), the group that is developing the high-definition Blu-ray DVD format.

JVC has become the 14th manufacturer to join the Blu-ray Disc Assn. (BDA), the group that is developing the high-definition Blu-ray DVD format.

The announcement comes a week after Twentieth Century Fox said it would partner with Blu-ray to help develop the format. Fox is the only major studio -- besides Sony Pictures, whose sister company Sony Corp. is a Blu-ray co-developer -- that is officially involved with the format.

The other manufacturers that are part of BDA are Sony, Dell, Hitachi, Hewlett Packard, LG, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, TDK and Thomson.

Blu-ray is competing with Toshiba/NEC to become the HD format of choice to be endorsed by all of the major studios.

Both HD groups are debuting hardware in the next two years. Toshiba/NEC’s products are expected in the United States by early 2005, and Blu-ray machines are anticipated at the end of next year.

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