Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, DreamWorks Home Video and Artisan Entertainment have announced plans to join hardware manufacturer JVC in the release of several films on the new Digital-VHS format.
The format launched by JVC has the ability to record HDTV to tape. Like all cassette based medias however, the format has the drawbacks inherent of tape. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment have publicly denounced the format claiming it will hurt the blossoming DVD market.
Die Hard, Independence Day, X-Men, U-571 and the Terminator films will be the first experiments with the format. The D-VHS players will show up later this year from JVC with a retail price of $1,995.00.