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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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By ViperROhb34 on 7/12/2006 7:21:01 PM , Rating: 2
The player alone is around a grand now..
the recorder will likely run around 1700 or more on debut.. a year later it might be down to a grand if Bluray takes off quickly..

Most people won't need the storage that quick.. not the avg everyday person like my aunt or dad who makes or breaks a new technology to the masses..

Triple layer HD-DVD will offer 80 gigs sooner and probably be cheaper.. thats the same size as many peoples Tivo's .. I only have a 40gig and can record 8 hrs of HD-tv with room to spare and most folks don't have it or have bigscreens to appreciate it..

Truth is both Bluray and HD-DVD will likely be obsolete in 4 or 5 yrs.. holographic disc will be out likely around then.. which is around the time most people will care about having that kind of recording storage media..

The word futureproof is now more obsolete then ever..

RE: Amen
By Soulkeeper on 7/12/2006 7:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
this is great
i hope more companies do this
maybe this will end some of the nonsense

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