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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 sxr7171 on 7/12/2006 9:16:40 PM , Rating: 2
Are you waiting for the "real" Blu-Ray players and discs to come out also?

I know a couple of people who definitely believe that for right now HD-DVD is the way to go, but they are also just waiting for the Sony and Pioneer Blu-Ray players to come out to avoid buying that horrid Samsung example of how not to make an HD player.

RE: By the end of...2007?
By DrKlahn on 7/13/2006 9:44:08 AM , Rating: 2
It's not the player, it's the software. MPEG-2 on 25GB media is the reason why BD is floundering. Compared to DVD you have 6 times the pixels with only 3 times the space using the same codec. Go to your local store and watch the demo on the Samsung. Chicken Little, Kung Fu Hustle and the watch demonstrations all look excellent. Which proves the player can produce a stunning picture. What BD needs is modern efficient codec to compete with HD-DVD (which uses VC-1).

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