Pioneer Showcases Revolutionary, Second Generation Industrial DVD-Video Player At National Association Of Broadcasters 2002

Pioneer's DVD-V7400 Maximizes the Power of the DVD-Video Format with Flexible Features, Durability and Reliability

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Business Solutions Division, the recognized leader in video/optical disc technology, is demonstrating its second generation industrial DVD-Video player during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show at booth #S3320 in the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The DVD-V7400 builds upon the legacy started by its predecessor, the DVD-V7200, providing users with several new features and capabilities not present in the first generation product.

The high reliability of Pioneer's industrial DVD-Video players have made them ideal for use in broadcast and media communications industries, training facilities, corporate presentations, education, exhibition halls, retail stores and kiosks. The high level of durability makes the DVD-V7400 ideal for industrial applications that require constant operation in high use environments.

"Pioneer's DVD-V7400 sets the standard for industrial DVD-Video players in the professional marketplace," said Linda Toleno, vice president of sales and marketing for Pioneer's Professional Video Group. "The DVD-V7400 picks up where the first generation product left off, with increased durability, flexibility, and new features, making the player the best choice for a variety of broadcast applications and video environments."

One of the leading features of Pioneer's second generation industrial DVD-Video player is its component video output capability (Y, C-R, C-B), for applications that require content with high-end video output. Component video gives the professional user full access to the superior video quality of DVD, and the three separate terminals allow for connection to professional and broadcast video monitors, as well as to advanced display systems like plasma panels and video walls.

Pioneer's second generation DVD-Video player also features both NTSC and PAL video playback. An NTSC or PAL external black burst sync signal can be applied through the EXT SYNC IN terminals to enable clean switching with other video sources. Pioneer's previous industrial player supported only NTSC video playback, which meant that certain international projects hit roadblocks if all content was not produced for the NTSC format.

Audio features have also been expanded in the DVD-V7400. In addition to the Pulse Coded Modulation (PCM) and Dolby Digital audio formats, the DVD-V7400 supports digital audio out in the Digital Theater Systems (DTS) format.

For added flexibility, the timer memory in the DVD-V7400 has been expanded to accommodate up to 24 events per week. Users can distribute the commands throughout the week as required by their specific application. This expanded timer function is ideal for exhibits and point-of-purchase applications that rotate frequently and are self-starting.

The DVD-V7400 is able to track user selections and store the data in the player's non-volatile Flash RAM memory. The data can then be retrieved to evaluate user selections and preferences. This function plays a valuable role in a variety of kiosk, in-store display and training applications.

The list of disc media that can be read by the DVD-V7400 includes conventional CD-R and CD-RW discs in addition to DVD-R (3.95GB and 4.7GB) and DVD-RW discs.

Since Pioneer's new DVD-Video player maintains many of the unique capabilities of the first generation product, the DVD-V7400's suite of features work together to form a powerhouse of an industrial player. Special features like mouse and keyboard control; frame search capability; video blackboard functions and DVD barcode compatibility remain in the DVD-V7400. Developers, systems integrators and end users did not have to "trade" one set of important features for another. The DVD-V7400 is truly an enhanced version of its predecessor.

Like Pioneer's original industrial DVD-Video player, the DVD-V7400 is well-suited for a variety of industrial applications - particularly interactive displays and individual workstations. The player is ideal for touchscreen applications where users select on-screen buttons designed into DVD-Video programs for kiosk, training and point-of-purchase applications.

Pioneer's Professional Video Group is the leader and technical innovator in optical disc technology for the industrial market. It is a part of the Business Solutions Division, which provides professional business-to-business products across a wide range of markets including cable television, professional video/audio, educational, medical, legal and banking.

Pioneer Corporation is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video, computer and cable television equipment for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including DVD, display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment and components. Founded in 1938 in Tokyo, Pioneer Corporation employs more than 31,000 people worldwide. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PIO). Pioneer Electronics' headquarters is located in Long Beach, California.