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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 masher2 (blog) on 7/12/2006 6:37:52 PM , Rating: 3
> "I personaly like BlueRay because of its much higher storage potential..."

For movies, a potential that is meaningless. I too used to support Blu-Ray over HD-DVD. But as long as your average HD film fits on one disc, extra capacity isn't really useful. BR is probably going to wind up using that capacity for "special features" (ads) that we'll be forced to watch before we're able to even start the flick.

And in any case, the current crop of BR movies are actually on *smaller* discs than HD-DVD.

> "Enjoy the HD-DVD player while it is still "cheap", in a year, you probably wont be so happy about it :-) "

Well, I paid $1300 for my first Sony DVD player...plus shipping costs from Japan. I never regretted the purchase. I was watching DVDs months before most people had even heard of them.



RE: By the end of...2007?
By desiplaya4life on 7/12/2006 6:44:53 PM , Rating: 1
DVD media is fine for my tickling my juggles.

its STUPID to shell out a 1000bucks for such a first gen products @ such high prices. i am gonna be smart and patient by waiting till the prices get competitive and they improve the technology. but again it what makes the world go round i guess.


RE: By the end of...2007?
By probedb on 7/13/2006 7:44:34 AM , Rating: 2
So you're calling all early adopters that drive the price of the hardware down stupid? Thanks I'm obviously stupid. If there were no early adopters you'd have no shiny new technology at a reasonable price.

I remember paying £600 for my first DVD player and being able to keep track of what region 2 titles were available there were so few!

But this time I'm sitting back and seeing what happens much as I really want hidef :)


"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay

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