Dreams Do Come True! LG's Makes World's First Blu-ray/HD DVD Dual-Format Player

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The day we've dreamed of has finally come. No, our parents aren't getting un-divorced, nor is Timmy coming back from that "dog farm" he got sent to—LG's just announced the world's first dual-format Blu-ray/HD DVD player to be unveiled at CES. Launch? Some time in early 2007.


We cannot wait!

LG Electronics (LG), a leader in consumer electronics and mobile communicati ons, announced that it will launch the world's first dual-format high-definition disc player, capable of playing both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD content. The unit will be released in the United States in early 2007. Details will be provided at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 8-11 in Las Vegas.

LG expects this technological breakthrough to end the confusion and inconvenience of competing high-definition disc formats for both content producers and consumers.



I don't think this will work out in the end. Why? Well, first of all, it cost the studios/producer a lot to make discs that works for both. And if they only do one format(ex. Blu-ray), then if enough companies use Blu-ray, it will survive and kill off HD-DVD. Let say, they do decide to make both, they will have to make either the same content for both format or different content for the two format. One of the format will be bound to offer better contents and that would be the one consumer would go for (assuming contents do count to a certain degree). Another reason is computer companies (ex. Dell, Apple, Sony) supports Blu-ray. Many consumer will not bother getting both the Blu-ray and the HD-DVD on their computer. If enough computer are built using Blu-ray, then eventually, consumers will just go for Blu-ray instead of HD-DVD. HD-DVD will die off. Another factor is the PS3 and xbox360. They are already using only one type of format. This doesn't help in the long term. The only benefit from the Blu-ray/HD-DVD player is that you will be able to play the winner format if one fails. I strongly doubt the end of format war with a Blu-ray/HD-DVD hybrid player would create peace.