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One multi-format... player... to rule them all

It looks like another manufacturer of optical media players will be launching multi-format devices which will play and record to both Blu-ray and HD-DVD as well as standard DVD and CD formats.

Ricoh has just announced at Interopto 2006 that it is developing a set top Blu-ray and HD-DVD hybrid player which we should expect to see on store shelves by the end of 2007 followed by a recording device.

There aren't many details on the final products themselves besides some snapshots of information on the optics Ricoh will be using in the players and drives which are capable of reading BD, HD-DVD, DVD, and CD optical media formats.

Recently Ricoh also announced that it had developed a component which would allow devices to read both types of high-density media which would lead to the development of hybrid Blu-ray/HD-DVD players.

Ricoh is not the first to announce a hybrid product for the new high-density media formats though. Many companies have decided to form joint ventures to combine Blu-ray and HD-DVD technologies to produce products which will allow consumers to play content off both formats which will eliminate costly purchases on the consumer side. LG Electronics has also dropped plans for a standalone Blu-ray player in hopes of unifying both standards in a single package. Technical and pricing information for Ricoh's upcoming product has not yet been announced but we will keep you updated as it becomes available.



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RE: By the end of...2007?
By Knish on 7/12/2006 6:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
..the cost of an HD-DVD player is very low.

Relative of course. If it wasn't for people like masher us regular joes would never get a shot at such hardware.

Regardless, even with my 60" DLP I'm not going to touch BR or HD-DVD until a year from now, and that's assuming the media strikes my fancy. Right now the titles just don't interest me enough.


RE: By the end of...2007?
By masher2 (blog) on 7/12/2006 6:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
> "Right now the titles just don't interest me enough..."

Its a bit of a problem, agreed. As of now, I have a grand total of 4 HD-DVD titles...3 of which I already owned on DVD.


RE: By the end of...2007?
By lemonadesoda on 7/12/2006 9:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
Would you mind giving a subjective view on how much better these 3 HD-DVD movies are, compared to their single or dual layer DVD cousins?


RE: By the end of...2007?
By masher2 (blog) on 7/12/2006 10:07:22 PM , Rating: 2
> "Would you mind giving a subjective view on how much better these 3 HD-DVD movies are, compared to their single or dual layer DVD cousins? "

If you have a large-screen TV, its night-and-day. On a smaller screen (and hence tighter pixel pitch), it might not be so evident...but I'm very happy so far with the image quality.


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