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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 namechamps on 7/13/2006 3:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
Except all BD so far have been single layer. So HD-DVD is 30GB and BD is 25GB. To make it worse HD-DVD is using the efficent VC1 and BD is using the ancient mpeg2. Since VC1 is about 2X as efficent as mpeg2 it would be like comparing 60GB to 25 GB.

Sony hasn't been able to get the yield high enough to make dual layer economical yet. They say maybe this fall but then again they said that in 2003. Currently single layer BD disks cost more to stamp then dual layer HD disks. So keep on waiting. Maybe you will have good quality in 2008. By then HD-DVD will be at $200 players and normal DVD prices for content.

EVER SINGLE BD DISK RELEASED TO DATE IS 22GB OR LESS. THE PQ IS NOWHERE NEAR HD-DVD RIGHT NOW.


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