It had been reported in March the LG Electronics had shelved plans to release
its BD199 Blu-ray player. Instead the company considered working on a
hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD player to cover both sides of the field. Well, it looks
as though LG is now falling
back to supporting just the Blu-ray disc standard. While it appears that LG
won't be resurrecting the BD199 for a quick release, the company will make an
announcement later this year as to its future Blu-ray product plans.
There were also previous rumors that
Samsung would release a hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD player, but company
down that notion rather quickly. Ricoh, on the other hand, has already
announced a set top
hybrid player that is scheduled to hit store shelves before the end of next
year. And to add another twist to the whole hybrid craze, Toshiba has been
pushing for a unified
disc standard which combines the best of Blu-ray and HD DVD instead of
complex hybrid players.
quote: Are you suggesting that masher2 is also pressuring people into cancelling hybrid devices?
quote: Well I think it was pretty clearly stated somewhere before that any Blu-ray members who got an HD DVD license would be removed from the royalty group.
quote: The war is long over for the next standard.
quote: Seriously, most people CANNOT tell the difference unless it is a screen larger than 42" (possibly even 50"), so the market for Blu-Ray is high end enthusiests. The problem, as Sony found out with Betamax, is that Sony sells the product at a cost only entusiests could afford. This causes adoption rates to plumit, causing the eventual failure of the product. You would have thought Sony had learned its lesson 25 years ago... I guess they didn't.
quote: They both use the same codecs and formats... HD-DVD is running out of layers at low capacity while BR has very long to go (200gb capacity discs or higher).
quote: The thing is, single layered blu-ray disks have almost the same capacity as a hd-dvd. I would say that double layered bd is almost a given.
quote: Although LGE is not as popular as some of the other Japanese brands in the US
quote: some of the other Japanese brands
quote: Did you consider DVD a premature technology? I paid just over $1300 for my first DVD player...a price higher than either HD-DVD or BR is charging.
quote: Toshiba has been pushing for a unified disc standard which combines the best of Blu-ray and Bluetooth instead of complex hybrid players.