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Pioneer planning BDR-103 HD DVD/Blu-ray combo drive

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Old 09-09-2006, 08:24 PM   #16  
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The Pioneer product is not a disc player for the CE market, so we'll have to see how that goes.

Samsung formally announced months ago they had abandoned their efforts on a combo player (due to licensing issues).

LG never confirmed they were going to make a combo player, they only confirmed that they had sent a memo to dealers that they were working on one. They have since formally announced that they have no plans for one:

http://www.twice.com/article/CA6356310.html
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Old 09-09-2006, 08:37 PM   #17  
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Bad deal there.

The new laser that Ricoh has developed may convience the others to play nice, once again.

One laser for all
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:03 PM   #18  
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The problem has never been a technology issue (although the Ricoh part would certainly make things cheaper).

The problem is a licensing issue. Unless the DVD Forum decides to license HD DVD technology to companies wanting to make combo players, it doesn't matter whether such a player is technically possible.
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:12 PM   #19  
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Post Outside the licensing issue, which surely is the stumbling block

Arstechnica is talking about four formats on a single disc.. seems 'New Scientist' has dug up some recent patents..

The patent, which lists several top Warner execs as the inventors, describes how "a dual disc may also be formed with two high-capacity data layers, one conforming to the HD DVD format and the other conforming to the BD [Blu-ray disc] format." Warner engineers have figured out a way to use semireflective coatings to allow the two layers to coexist on a single side, using HD DVD's greater depth to position it beneath the Blu-ray data layer.

The patent then describes an implementation in which both sides of the disc contains data layers, which means that we could see discs with CD and DVD layers on one side, HD DVD and Blu-ray on the other.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060918-7766.html

I don't see the CD as important for video data.. and my recent discovery of the 642 codec enabling 2 hours of 720p on a DVD5 (planet Earth, awesome), and I can say... once the lic issue is out of the way... this hybrid could go mainstream.
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