"The two new formats, known as HD-DVD and Blu-ray, have been duking it out to become the next-generation DVD format of choice, each offering high-resolution video to match the HDTV sets that more families are buying.
But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, at least one hardware provider, LG Electronics Co., is expected to showcase DVD players that work with either technology. Hewlett-Packard Co. will also have products that support both formats in the marketplace this year, a source close to the company says. Others are expected to follow suit."
"The new dual-format players will work by using optical drives and integrated circuits that can run with both HD-DVD and Blu-ray. Developing the drives proved tough because they needed to pull data from two different places on the discs, close to the top edge for Blu-ray and closer to the middle for HD-DVDs.
For now, the dual-format players are likely to carry high price tags, expected to be around $1,200 or higher. That's actually lower than some of the Blu-ray players out there -- Pioneer Corp.'s Pioneer Elite BDP HD-1 costs $1,500, although Sony and Samsung Electronics Co. offer less-expensive players at $1,000 and $800, respectively -- but more than double the $500 it costs for a Toshiba HD DVD player."
Yes, this was mentioned in another thread, but I notice that the title was clipped
off, and it was used simply to feed the various BD vs. HD-DVD trolls hereabouts.
This is the beginning of the end of the format war. I predicted the format war
would end with combination players years ago here on avsformat, now that is
going to occur.
No I don't expect the format trolls to be satisfied with this development. They will
be arguing the format war isn't over long after the proprietary players start
turning dusty at the local superdealers.
I held off buying any player until a universal player occurred, now I am just
waiting for the first one that is fairly bug free. I could easily afford to buy both
types of players, but I consider purchasing a universal player to be a clear
message to the manufacturers: no format war, no way, no how.
I'll be at CES come monday, we have a booth there. See you all there!