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LG will be showing a new dual format disc player at the 2007 CES. The player will accept Blu-ray and HD DVD discs and will be available for sale in the USA this year. Read more about this breakthrough product and other pre-CES news at

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Isn't that just a prediction?
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I wouldnt say this is any sort of an official announcement.

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Its offical. Here is the press release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE





LG ELECTRONICS TO LAUNCH FIRST DUAL-FORMAT HIGH-DEFINITION DISC PLAYER



SEOUL, KOREA, Jan. 4, 2007 - LG Electronics (LG), a leader in consumer electronics and mobile communications, 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.

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I don't see any announcement. Thread title is in desperate need of a change--very misleading.
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I don't see any announcement. Thread title is in desperate need of a change--very misleading.

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You might want to add those links to the original post....when you go to hdguru, it's just a bunch of predictions.
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I thought that would not happen until 2008 because HDDVD has a stipulation for all there manufacturers that they are not allowed to be in a dual format player at this time.

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There we go. Very interesting.
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I thought that would not happen until 2008 because HDDVD has a stipulation for all there manufacturers that they are not allowed to be in a dual format player at this time.

That's Blu-Ray.

And I say, bring it on.

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That's Blu-Ray.

And I say, bring it on.

I say show me....we all have heard this tune several times before.....and make it an Onkyo/Denon....not an LG
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I understand being skeptical, however this is an official press release 5 days before CES opens... I don't see a manufacturer like LG pulling a hoax this big right before CES... This is not a "small company out of nowhere" folks... I will eat my shoes if this doesn't prove to be come next week

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Good news for ....... ?
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Let this baby have decent specs and retail for under $1000 and I'm SO there. Format war over!

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Good news for ....... ?

for movie lovers.

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Oh boy is CES going to be interesting. I'm licking my chops.
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yoyoniner : of course they had to withdraw such an announcement so early in the game. You think people would have wanted to buy into a format knowing there would be a universal player later on ? I don't think so... Most people would have waited for it to be available once official.

Actually, once this is all over the internet and print media, sales of 1-format players will be pretty low IMO, forcing all other manufacturers to do the same...

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the blu-ray association has a stipulation that their technology cannot be used inside a dual-format player until 2008.


Can anyone explain how LG thinks they are going to get around this to bring a machine to market??



seems like they would get sued
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Didn't they announce a player like this before but withdrew it.

Yes they did,

http://uk.gizmodo.com/2006/03/15/lg_...es_dual_b.html
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krinkle : Sony and the BDA have denied (sorry I don't have a link to back it up, I just remember reading it a while ago) having such a contract clause. Besides, wouldn't that fall into a forced monopoly kind of scrutiny, itself subject to lawsuits ?

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Yep any such agreements like that would raise problems with Anti competitive government watch dogs. Besides wasn't there a media center pc announced that supported both Bluray and HD-DVD?

If the DVD recorder format war is any indication, if dual format players become the norm, both formats could live side by side for years without any issues. Consumers wouldn't notice a difference and to be honest it's the best of both worlds for consumers.
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Not sure if this is good news or not long term. Of course it is good news for us on AVS since we can get all the movies we want with one player, but long term I think this will confuse the consumer even more. Now you have your choice of essentially 3 formats rather than 2 when you are shopping for players if you are J6P. It just makes things all the more confusing for J6P. I've never been convinced more than right now that maybe both these formats may be DOA and the future lies with VOD HD cable. Right now I have almost 100 HD VOD titles available for "rental" from Comcast and here now we have Blu-ray players, HD-DVD players, and Blu-ray/HD-DVD players that consumers will have to choose from. And if they get the "dual format" option they will then have to choose what format to buy a certain movie on unless it is exclusive. Talk about extending the format war.... seriously the longer there are two formats the worse things will be for the success of HD on disc, and this just prolongs it.
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If this is true. Format war is over!
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Here's an article with a summary of the history of the LG dual format player announcements. Sounds to me like they continued with their first dual-format plans, just not publicly.

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bloody awful news. an HD disc format is not going to die. studios may have to create multiple masters forever. retailers will be POed. good news for HD fence sitters and movie fans.
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If this is true. Format war is over!

How could you say that? This just prolongs it.
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yoyoniner : Do you really believe they will keep making single-format players for long ? I'm willing to take bets universal players is all that will be available come Christmas 2007.

As for HD VOD, a lot of people, including myself, still prefer a pre-packaged media they actually own and collect. Granted this desire will end up dying a slow death, but I don't see that happening any time soon.

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bloody awful news. an HD disc format is not going to die. studios may have to create multiple masters forever. retailers will be POed. good news for HD fence sitters and movie fans.

Agreed 100%. I can see it now... Blockbuster carrying both the HD-DVD and Blu-ray version of every title. Joe buying the Blu-ray version and Eric telling him he should have went with the HD-DVD version. Talk about confusion. Great news for "us" though on AVS, at least in the short term since we have access to the Internet and actually WANT to research things before we buy ad nauseum. But by far the best news for "movie lovers" *long term* is for one side, either side I don't care if that's what it takes, to throw in the towel at CES and let their be ONE format.
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