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Step aside hybrid players, here comes hybrid media

The high-definition optical media format war has been brewing for a while now and none of the two, Blu-ray or HD DVD, has come up ahead of the other in terms of adoption by the big name studios. NewScientistTech is reporting that a couple of engineers at Warner, Alan Bell and Lewis Ostrover have come up with the idea of a hybrid disc that will hold not only standard DVD and HD DVD content which we have seen before, but also Blu-ray content all on a single optical disc.

The way this is said to work by the two engineers is that the HD DVD format uses 0.6mm deep pits to store data while Blu-ray uses 0.1mm deep pits. If a Blu-ray layer is placed on top of an HD DVD layer, it can allow enough of the laser to shine through to read the underlying HD DVD layer but also be able to reflect enough light for a Blu-ray player to read the disc. The standard DVD layer can then be manufactured on the opposite side of the media to keep it separate because of the difference in lasers used.

Of course, the costs to manufacture such media would increase but even then it would be much more economical to produce a single triple-format disc than to press 3 types of media separately for the same content, according to NewScientistTech.

Additionally, many are announcing hybrid players to cover both HD DVD and Blu-ray while those early adopters of the idea such as LG are going back to sticking to a single format.

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Wont work
By exdeath on 9/18/2006 3:52:55 PM , Rating: 2
because, and I may be wrong, there are clauses in the Blu Ray license that forbid any kind of dual format or hybrid players in order to maintain exclusivity (ie: greedy) for Blu Ray.

RE: Wont work
By FITCamaro on 9/18/2006 5:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds like the Sony we all know and love(resent).

Seriously, who cares about space on an already stamped out disc. Sure I like the idea of high capacity discs for data backup purposes, but I don't care about it in terms of wanting to be able to make 1:1 copies of movies (I buy movies that are worth seeing instead of pirating them. TV episodes are another story though).

I personally prefer HD DVD. A triple format disc would be cool but I think a dual format player might be a better way to go since the disc formats are already in production. Eventually one is going to win out and then it'll be the format everyone uses. Really the world isn't ready for either standard. Not many people are willing to pay the high upfront cost. And with the PS3 no longer being the cheap blu-ray player($600 ain't cheap no matter what other blu-ray players might cost) it was once going to be, that kills any hope of an easy victory. It'll be 2-3 years before I start moving towards high def movies even if I own an HD TV.

RE: Wont work
By Arkham1 on 9/18/2006 9:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
You prefer...? And which of the two do you own? How many movies do you have? Isn't it a bit premature for people to be talking about which they "prefer"? GMAFB. Practically speaking, these aren't even young technologies: they're embryonic.

While the PS3 will do more to advance the number of installed devices than either format's stand-alone counterparts, we have a long time ahead before we know which format--if either!--prospers or flops. I don't think anyone should count out a third option just yet.

RE: Wont work
By Strunf on 9/19/2006 6:40:14 AM , Rating: 2
$600 is cheap, the Toshiba player is like 500$ so actually the extra $100 you pay is rather worthy.

RE: Wont work
By hellokeith on 9/18/2006 6:39:43 PM , Rating: 4
Grammar troll: "none of the two, Blu-ray or HD DVD, has"
corrected : "neither of the two, Blu-ray nor HD DVD, has"

Would need to look at the details, but as I recall, the license prevents multi-format players, not necessarily multi-format discs. Ideally, the studio presses just one hybrid disc, then the customer plays that disc on their single-format player.

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