Well it was only a matter of time but who would have guessed so quickly - and from one of the core founding members of the BluRay Alliance:
...with this drive the floodgates will open. Combi drives from Hitachi-LG, Toshiba-Samsung, Liteon etc. And from there on combi HD DVD/BluRay players will surely follow. Looks like both HD DVD and BluRay will both be with us for a long time!
|Pioneer presented plans for upcoming Blu-Ray burners at the IFA 2006, saying that that they are planning a hybrid drive that can play Blu-ray and HD DVD discs for 2007.
The Pioneer BDR-103 would be the one that solves the High definition format issue for you. Pioneer's third generation of Blu-Ray burners is expected to be able to read both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs, as well as CD media. The drive will be equipped with an optical pickup unit developed by Pioneer. This could possibly lower the price of the drive to the 500 EUR tag.