LG Hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray Player Getting Canned?

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Anyone who was planning on buying LG's hybrid high-def player may wanna sit down for this one. As we reported from CES, the BH100 fully supports Blu-ray discs, but since it lacks support for HD DVD's iHD, you can't access an HD DVD's interactive menus, you can only see the movie straight through.

Advertisement

So as a result, the DVD Forum might sue LG for falsely using the HD DVD logo and for falsely saying that their hybrid player plays HD DVDs when in fact it doesn't play them the way they were intended to be played. Microsoft was also a bit miffed at LG for...

not giving them a heads up before announcing the BH100. So it looks like LG's baby won't see the light of day, which is a damn shame. Both sides have valid points—we just hope they manage to work something out because all this does is make me wanna stick with my old school DVDs even more.

LG Hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD Player Cannot Be Sold As Is [BetaNews]

DISCUSSION

eqc-old
EQC

1) Okay, how hard could it possibly be to implement iHD. So maybe LG just has to update the firmware, add more software (don't most of these things basically still run Linux anyway?), or at worst replace some small chip on the motherboard with a better one? Yes, that could cost some re-design time...but I'm thinking a few months, not "never."

2) Dammit, don't Sony's own Blu-Ray players fail to implement some of the Java interactivity features on Blu-Ray disks? How can you just "forget" or "neglect" to implement these features?

3) Early on, when Samsung's dual format player got cancelled, I heard/read that it was because the Blu-Ray group wouldn't license their technology for dual-format players. So, it almost seems like HD-DVD supporters are using any quibbling issue to effectively do the same thing. Thanks.

4) Long story short: stupid businesses would rather argue amongst themselves than do ANYTHING to make life easier for the consumers. As long as there's a format war, demand will be small for both formats. Small demand means no large-scale production, which means prices stay prohibitively high, pushing demand even lower. Technology gets slowed down due to the irresponsibility of the very companies that are supposed to help push it forward. Thank you.