Ran across this article on Avguide News and Blog» Archives » The Next Hi-Def Video Standard?- AVguide.com Here's the article. According to a press release, digital security company DreamStream and Royal Digital Media (or RDM) have collaborated to produce a high-definition video format that the company claims surpasses the capabilities of Blu-ray. The release continues by saying that DreamStream will provide its 2,048-bit, military-strength encryption for the copyright protection of RDM’s high-definition discs. In contrast, Blu-ray uses a 128-bit system. The release goes on to say that RDM’s discs have a storage capacity of 100GB—twice the amount of a Blu-ray disc. Additionally, RDM’s format is able to display 1920p resolution. A single disc would therefore be able to contain four hours of video at 1920p resolution. The release adds that the system uses inexpensive red laser technology to minimize cost to the consumer. Discs and players will cost about as much as those of the DVD format. Adoption of the format will be relatively inexpensive for disc manufacturers as well: a single replacement chip could convert DVD production hardware to encode discs of this new format. “The mission of RDM is to replace traditional DVD technologies with a comprehensive, next generation HD system,” said Eugene Levich, RDM’s CEO, in the press release. “The industry’s problem, which Sony has been unable to solve with Blu-ray, is how to transition into HD without destroying the existing DVD industry or gouging the pocketbooks of consumers. We have the solution and can solve this without having to drastically overhaul the entire infrastructure of DVD production.” The release notes that RDM’s players are backwards compatible, meaning that they are able to read CDs and DVDs. According to the release, RDM’s format is scheduled to become publicly available in Europe and Asia by the beginning of 2009; there is no word on when (or if, for that matter) the technology will reach U.S. shores. Interesting. I'd like to understand how it's possible to get 2X the storage of a Blu-ray disk using a red laser on the same size disk. Anyone?