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Hybrid players due early next year

With no foreseeable happy ending to the HD-DVD/Blu-ray format war, NEC has done us all a favor today by shipping a chip that is compatible with both formats.

According to Reuters, "the chips go on sale for 10,000 yen ($84), roughly the same price as NEC Electronics' chips which read only Blu-ray or only HD DVD formats." Players incorporating the new chip will be available sometime early 2007, reports AkibaNews.

While we now have silicon to rule both formats, the optical pick-up lens capable of reading both HD-DVD and Blu-ray is still currently in development. Until such a hybrid pick-up becomes reality, dual-players must utilize two separate lenses, which no doubt drives up costs.

A NEC spokesperson commented that a hybrid chip and optical pick-up would likely make up more than half of the cost of a player.

Developments to bridge the gap between the two warring formats isn't exclusive to hardware. Warner recently filed a patent outlining plans of a hybrid-disc that will be compatible with both HD-DVD and Blu-ray by means of layering one format on top of the other.

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RE: What if Sony doesn't allow it
By phatboye on 10/10/2006 11:55:54 PM , Rating: 1
Another website said that this really makes no sense, because Sony will not provide licenses for their blue ray products that also support HD-DVD. I think it was Toms Hardware.

I read about that somewhere myself. It should be illegal for Sony to do something like that.

RE: What if Sony doesn't allow it
By therealnickdanger on 10/11/2006 9:27:10 AM , Rating: 2
I believe that the license restriction only applies to the discs. Studios are not allowed to make hybrid discs that interfere with the standard design of the BRD disc. Dual-format players are a go.

BTW, why does no one bring up 45GB triple-layer HD-DVD when getting in a pissing match? When it comes to the movie-standards from each camp, they are basically the same: audio/video/codecs/storage space... Oh yeah, and Blu-Ray does not have 90% of studios. *sigh*

RE: What if Sony doesn't allow it
By Gatt on 10/11/2006 2:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Because 45 gigabytes isn't in the HD-DVD spec, so it can't be released without revising the spec, and going that route then BR can revise to 75-100gigabytes.

I also have to point out, they have all but 1 of the major(Read have things people want to see) studios. Only 1 single, solitary, studio isn't releasing for BR. Compared to only 3 releasing for HD-DVD....

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