JVC Introduces High-Definition D-VHS Digital Recorders With Advanced Future-Ready HDMI Connection; Advanced Unit Is The World’s First VCR With Integrated ATSC Receiver


JVC has announced the introduction of two new D-VHS digital video recorders, including one model with an integrated digital HDTV receiver. The new decks, the HM-DT100 and HM-DH5, record, play back and archive high-definition content, and play D-Theater HD movies. The new video decks are the first D-VHS hi-def digital recorders equipped with the digital High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), which provides the highest quality, uncompressed digital pictures and sound through a single connection. Since HDMI is all-digital, there is virtually no signal deterioration, resulting in pristine, “lossless” images just like the original.

For maximum convenience and full access to high-definition programs, the top-of-the-line HM-DT100 is equipped with an integrated digital HDTV receiver. Technically referred to as an ATSC tuner, this allows users to receive, record, and view all forms of digital programs, including HD broadcasts, without an extra set-top box. HDMI’s integrated High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) copyright protection technology supports secure one-way transfer of digital content between a source, such as D-VHS, and STBs, projectors, monitors and digital TVs (DTVs). HDMI plays back high definition D-Theater software, prerecorded high-definition material available from five Hollywood studios and other providers, and even standard definition analog tapes. It transfers analog and S-VHS signals after conversion to 480p (progressive) digital video for greatly improved image quality.

Moreover, since a single HDMI cable carries all video and audio signals, it is easier to set up and enjoy today’s most advanced home theater performance than it is to set up a conventional system. HDMI makes ugly tangles of cables a thing of the past. What sets D-VHS apart from other digital systems is that it is the only format that can record HDTV in full quality and without further compression or decoding and re-encoding stages. Because D-VHS’s 28.2 Mbps HS mode far exceeds the 19Mbps specification of ATSC MPEG-2 HD broadcasting formats, and because a single DF-480 D-VHS cassette stores up to 50 gigabytes of data, D-VHS records high-definition sources such as 1080i or 720p digital broadcasts complete with 5.1-channel surround sound. Of course, D-VHS also records standard definition (SD) sources such as 480p and 480i digital broadcasts thanks to its 14.1 Mbps STD and other LS modes. There’s even a built-in MPEG-2 encoder to easily make high-quality digital recordings from analog NTSC sources in the high quality HS, STD, or extended-time LS3 modes.

Today, demand for large-screen displays has never been higher. Unfortunately, there is an inverse relationship between screen size and picture quality; a poor quality signal looks even worse on a large screen. This is especially true for lower resolution analog sources. To offset this problem, JVC developed an advanced Motion Active Pro-gressive Scan circuit to upconvert 480i interlace signals to 480p (progressive). It uses sophisticated motion detection circuitry for pixel compensation. This eliminates jitter and flicker to produce smoother, cleaner images that come close to matching the quality of true progressive scan sources. Since this minimizes the perceived picture degradation that normally appears as the display screen gets larger, users will experience better picture quality than before when they play back S-VHS and VHS tapes on the HM-DT100 and HM-DH5.

Super MPEG Encode Pre-Processor Enhances Analog Signals For Digital Recording
Unlike digital signals, analog signals from camcorders or VCRs typically contain defects that can degrade picture quality and produce errors in digital conversion. To cope with this and enable high-quality digital recording of analog sources, the HM-DT100 and HM-DH5 both use JVC’s exclusive Super MPEG Encode Pre-Processor. Its advanced technologies prepare analog signals for digital conversion so that digital recordings appear to surpass the quality of the original analog sources. These technologies include a Time Base Corrector (TBC) to eliminate jitter, a Frame Synchronizer to correct frame crossover jitter and process any deviant frames, and a 3-Dimension Noise Reduction circuit to remove noise from both still and moving parts of video pictures. The decks can then digitally encode and record the pristine NTSC-compliant analog input signal, free of image lag, smear and MPEG artifacts, such as mosquito noise.

Both the HM-DT100 and HM-DH5 provide i.LINK terminals on the front and rear of the unit to conveniently connect to a digital set-top box for the transfer and recording of HD and SD broadcast digital signals, or to i.LINK-compatible devices, such as a digital camcorder or HD camcorder for editing. This direct digital connection also makes digital-to-digital dubbing convenient. The IEEE 1394 complant (i.LINK) connection converts DV to MPEG-2 for editing of camcorder footage. It can also receive and transfer 720p MPEG-2 Transport Stream data signals from an HD camcorder for editing and dubbing. As part of the world’s only digital video recorder line-up capable of recording full-quality high-definition programming, JVC’s new D-VHS models offer more ways to access the exciting new world of high-definition broadcasts and software than any competing format. More than that, these decks provide comfortable and familiar VCR compatibility, full access to existing VHS and S-VHS software, and advanced connectivity.

The HM-DH5 will be available in July, 2004 at a nationally advertised value of $799. The HM-DT100 will be available in August, 2004 at a nationally advertised value of $1,499.

Feature List -- HM-DT100

Digital Features
Integrated Digital HDTV Receiver (Built-in ATSC Tuner)
Digital Interface HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
HDCP (High-bandwith Digital Content Protection) copyright protection technology for secure one-way transfer of digital content.
4-Hr. HDTV digital broadcast bit-stream recording/playback with HS Mode (DF-480 tape)
Motion Active Progressive Scan Output (for video source) for progressive scan.
Super MPEG Encode Pre-Processor: Time Base Corrector (TBC), Frame Synchronizer and Motion Active Noise Reduction
Optical Digital Audio Output - 5.1ch Dolby Digital/2ch Linear PCM/DTS
Linear PCM digital audio soundtrack recording with SD video in HS and STD Mode (48kHz/16-bit audio rate 1.6 Mbps)
5.1-channel Dolby Digital at 576 to 640bps or full-rate DTS sound - 1.5 to twice the audio rate possible with DVD.
MPEG-2 decoder built-in for direct connection to HDTV via analog component Y/Pb/Pr or digital component (HDMI) output.
Auto HS/STD mode select for easy digital recording
Can record any type of broadcast; digital HD, SD or analog SD
MPEG-2 CODEC encoding/decoding for digital recording of NTSC sources
8-Hr. digital recording in STD Mode in higher than DVD quality (up to 500 TV lines/H) (PCM audio rate 1.6 Mbps)
24-Hr. digital recording in LS3 Mode in average DVD quality (up to 400 TV Lines/H)

Analog Features
VHS and Super VHS compatibility
DigiPure Technology with 4MB Frame Memory for precise 3D-Y/C separation and high-quality playback
Super VHS ET Recording
Hi-Fi VHS Stereo with MTS/SAP Decoder
Active Video. Calibration
Auto SP/EP Timer Recording
Tape Remain Indicator

Feature List -- HM-DH5

Digital Features
Digital Interface HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) with HDCP output for lossless, noiseless images and easy connection.
HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) copyright protection technology for secure one-way transfer of digital content.
Digital set-top box (STB) ready with digital-to-digital connection via i.LINK (IEEE1394) terminal from STB or integrated HDTV.
4-Hr. HDTV digital broadcast bit-stream recording/playback with HS Mode (DF-480 tape)
Motion Active Progressive Scan Output (for video source) for progressive scan.
Super MPEG Encode Pre-Processor: Time Base Corrector (TBC), Frame Synchronizer and Motion Active Noise Reduction
Optical Digital Audio Output - 5.1ch Dolby Digital/2ch Linear PCM/DTS
Linear PCM digital audio soundtrack recording with SD Video in HS and STD Mode (48kHz/16-bit audio rate 1.6 Mbps)
5.1-channel Dolby Digital at 576 to 640bps or full-rate DTS sound - 1.5 to twice the audio rate possible with DVD.
MPEG-2 decoder built-in for direct connection to HDTV via analog component Y/Pb/Pr or digital component (HDMI) output.
Auto HS/STD mode select for easy digital recording.
Can record any type of broadcast; digital HD, SD or analog SD
MPEG-2 CODEC encoding/decoding for digital recording of NTSC sources
8-Hr. digital recording in STD Mode in higher than DVD quality (up to 500 TV lines/H) (PCM Audio Rate 1.6 Mbps)
24-Hr. digital recording in LS3 Mode in average DVD quality (up to 400 TV Lines/H)

Analog Features
VHS and Super VHS compatibility
DigiPure Technology with 4MB Frame Memory for precise 3D-Y/C separation and high-quality playback
Super VHS ET Recording
Hi-Fi VHS Stereo with MTS/SAP Decoder
Active Video Calibration
Auto SP/EP Timer Recording
Tape Remain Indicator

Common Features - HM-DT100/HM-DH5
Over 1000 Titles Video Navigation w/ On Screen Color GUI
About 65 sec. FF/REW Time (T-120, DF-240 tape)
Multi-Brand TV/Cable/DBS Compatible Glow-Key Remote
Remote with VCR Plus+ C3 with Cable Box Control
1-Year/24-Event Programmable Timer
Plug & Play
Rec Link
AV Compu Link
J-Terminal Connectable RS-232C
Express Programming
Auto Head Cleaner
Repeat Playback
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