It had been reported in March the LG Electronics had shelved plans to release
its BD199 Blu-ray player. Instead the company considered working on a
hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD player to cover both sides of the field. Well, it looks
as though LG is now falling
back to supporting just the Blu-ray disc standard. While it appears that LG
won't be resurrecting the BD199 for a quick release, the company will make an
announcement later this year as to its future Blu-ray product plans.
There were also previous rumors that
Samsung would release a hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD player, but company
down that notion rather quickly. Ricoh, on the other hand, has already
announced a set top
hybrid player that is scheduled to hit store shelves before the end of next
year. And to add another twist to the whole hybrid craze, Toshiba has been
pushing for a unified
disc standard which combines the best of Blu-ray and HD DVD instead of
complex hybrid players.