‘Dubbing 10′ system takes effect

Kyodo News

The “dubbing 10″ system took effect nationwide Friday, allowing viewers to make as many as 10 copies of digital TV broadcasts instead of just 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 rise with the approach of the Beijing Olympics, observers say.

All programs on terrestrial digital and satellite-based broadcasts are open to the dubbing 10 system, except those provided by pay-TV broadcasters.

The new system is available on DVD or Blu-ray Disc recorders equipped with hard-disk drives, and TVs and personal computers. The dubbing 10 system can be installed on audiovisual equipment sold after fall 2006 providing the old software is overwritten with the new version.