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LG to Launch Dual-format Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD Player

ah802
01-04-2007, 10:53 AM
Lucky Goldstar is the first to show a combo drive, it's to be availalbe at the CES 2007 (Consumer Electronics Show 2007 not yet open; Jan 7th) the player will launch in "early 2007", we should know more on Sunday.

http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/003408.html

http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyId=19&articleId=9007102&intsrc=hm_topic

Personally I think that unless prices come way down for both writers and media, this disk format is going no where fast.

borromini
01-04-2007, 12:32 PM
Likely to not be viable 'til sometime in 2008/2009 unless LG intends to make this a major hardware loss-leader similar to Sony's PS3.

firsTraveler
01-04-2007, 06:17 PM
I hope this isn't another case of "too good to be true"!

Rick0725
01-04-2007, 10:06 PM
they need this machine out there. the format is not selling as is.

ah802
01-04-2007, 10:26 PM
Slash readers are up for it:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/04/1623234

BobY
01-04-2007, 10:34 PM
What they need is for one format to go away. Consumers are not served by having two formats. Unless a dual-format player can be made as cheaply as a single format player, all it will do is prolong the battle and lack of general consumer acceptance.

dontknowjack
01-05-2007, 03:23 AM
Do you think it will cost more than 2 format combined? If it is more than $1500, than people will not buy it. If it is below $1500 than it will sale like a hotcake. Just my opinion.

Rob7749
01-05-2007, 06:02 AM
Yup I would buy dual format in a heartbeat. You are then covered right now either way for the future. I personally think both formats are here to stay. One costs less, one has a larger storage capacity. We look at both here in terms of movies but for data storage alone assuming burners for both formats are similarly priced bd does have a capacity advantage that will likely keep the format viable. Have not yet tried either format but I don't think I hear anyone saying there are quality problems with bd just cost differences right now in terms of players. Sign me up for a dual format player please.

BamaPanda
01-05-2007, 12:03 PM
Lucky Goldstar is the first to show a combo drive, it's to be availalbe at the CES 2007 (Consumer Electronics Show 2007 not yet open; Jan 7th)

Just for info sake, I have asked on more than one occasion (at LG Lineshows) what LG stood for. The Korean I was given does not come to mind now, but it was not Lucky Goldstar.
Actually, if you look at LG's history - LG and Goldstar were were different divisions until '92-'95, when they merged. Shortly thereafter LG bought Zenith - and Goldstar disappeared.

BamaPanda
01-05-2007, 12:30 PM
Interesting link to this topic. Makes Sony out to be pretty stubborn.
http://www.playfuls.com/news_05707_Deadly_Coup_for_Sonys_Blu_Ray_LGs_Dual_ Format_HD_Player.html

Bluto
01-05-2007, 12:32 PM
Here is another article:
http://www.twice.com/article/CA6404176.html

ah802
01-05-2007, 12:36 PM
Interesting link to this topic. Makes Sony out to be pretty stubborn.
http://www.playfuls.com/news_05707_Deadly_Coup_for_Sonys_Blu_Ray_LGs_Dual_ Format_HD_Player.html

Reading the article... it looks like Sony is playing a deadly game of poker, with LG committed 'even at a loss' to market the dual format. Sorry for the reference to LG as lucky... I have two of their quality products and I am quite satisfied.

Rick-F
01-05-2007, 12:43 PM
Reading the article... it looks like Sony is playing a deadly game of poker, with LG committed 'even at a loss' to market the dual format. Sorry for the reference to LG as lucky... I have two of their quality products and I am quite satisfied.

You were correct:

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LG Group is a large South Korean chaebol (conglomerate), which producing electronics (including domotics), mobile phones, and petrochemical products and operates subsidiaries like LG Electronics.

Created in 1947 as "Lucky-Goldstar", it assumed the abbreviated name of "LG" in 1995. LG is also an abbreviations of "Lucky Geumseong" (럭키금성) in South Korea, which is translated into English as Lucky Goldstar. Before then, many electronic products were sold under the brand name Goldstar, while some other household products (not available outside South Korea) were sold under the brand name of "Lucky." The Lucky brand was famous for producing household cleaning products and laundry detergents in South Korea. Before massive industrialization of South Korean society, the name Lucky was synonymous with toothpaste (similar to Kleenex referring to a facial tissue paper).

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BamaPanda
01-05-2007, 01:12 PM
You were correct:
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LG Group is a large South Korean chaebol (conglomerate), which producing electronics (including domotics), mobile phones, and petrochemical products and operates subsidiaries like LG Electronics.

Created in 1947 as "Lucky-Goldstar", it assumed the abbreviated name of "LG" in 1995. LG is also an abbreviations of "Lucky Geumseong" (럭키금성) in South Korea, which is translated into English as Lucky Goldstar. Before then, many electronic products were sold under the brand name Goldstar, while some other household products (not available outside South Korea) were sold under the brand name of "Lucky." The Lucky brand was famous for producing household cleaning products and laundry detergents in South Korea. Before massive industrialization of South Korean society, the name Lucky was synonymous with toothpaste (similar to Kleenex referring to a facial tissue paper).

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Thats interesting. Thanks.
Here is a link to the official company history info.
http://us.lge.com/about/company/history.jsp
I would bet that LG would want to distance itself as much as possible from any links with the name Goldstar. It was not a good tv line at all, but it was never intended to be anything but a low end brand.
There are still many out there who would want to link todays LG line in a negative way to Goldstar, when the truth is that LG today is far removed from that time.
When they bought Zenith, they bought patent rights to much of the HD technology that every mfg. uses, and they have continued to be an innovator in HD and other electronics. They are a quality line, and getting stronger.