Dubbing 10 system launches

The ‘dubbing 10’ system has launched in Japan, making it legal to make as many as 10 copies of digital television broadcasts, up from the current one. Audiovisual equipment makers and retailers are hoping to cash in on the new system now that demand for DVD recorders and TVs is expected to increase with the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing drawing near.

All programmes on terrestrial digital broadcasts as well as broadcast satellite-based programmes except those provided by pay-TV broadcasters are eligible for the dubbing 10 system. The new system is available on hard disk drive-equipped DVD or Blu-ray disc recorders, TVs and personal computers.