Hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD players, discs coming to CES

— 9:37 AM on January 4, 2007

Hardware manufacturers and press alike talked of Blu-ray and HD DVD hybridization efforts extensively last year, and we may now finally see those efforts bear fruit. According to Forbes, LG plans to unveil a hybrid player next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Forbes says the device will play both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats, but other details like pricing and availability won't become available until the show.

As if hybrid players weren't enough, the New York Times says Warner will also announce hybrid discs next week. Warner patented the concept in September last year. The company's patent covers discs that can combine not only Blu-ray and HD DVD layers, but also standard DVD layers in order to support virtually any digital video player out there. Warner will start off with just Blu-ray/HD DVD hybrids, though, which it will dub Total HD discs. Thanks to Engadget for the links.

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