LG announces first dual-format hi-def DVD player; plays both Blu-ray and HD DVD content

LG Electronics, maker of 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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  1. Fantastic … two laser mechanisms to fail, two DRM issues, HDMI that probably won’t output 1080p (even if it does, 1080p TVs dont accept that input, it’s converted to 1080i), and it probably still plays regular DVDs like crap… fantastic.

  2. “Fantastic … two laser mechanisms to fail, two DRM issues, HDMI that probably won’t output 1080p (even if it does, 1080p TVs dont accept that input, it’s converted to 1080i), and it probably still plays regular DVDs like crap… fantastic.”

    Audioboy….guess your handle fits you because you dont know sh*t about video. There are a plethora of HDTV’s that accept 1080p, and it looks brilliant. How the hell could an HDTV with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 even be 1080i? Digital displays are 1080p by nature, so even if the signal it output was 1080i, its still being UPCONVERTED if anything. And i doubt this player would be 1080i.

    DRM issues? Hasnt been an issue to me, all my movies play fine for both HD-DVD and BD.

    “STILL”? plays dvds like crap? You have this player, you know how it plays DVDs right now? Didnt think so?

    MDN Word: poor, as in. “Very poor statement by you” as well as “you may just be poor and unable to afford emerging technology which in turn makes you bitter.”


  3. Hmmm…
    I don’t know what TV you’ve got, but MY new Sony XBR3 LCD HDTV accepts full 1080p signals. (WOW… lookit all them acronyms!)

    This LG thingie sounds pretty interesting. Although, I have my doubts about LG products. And I think Blu-ray will win the format war, ultimately. Sony was smart by signing up an array of partners and licensing Blu-ray, instead of going it alone BetaMax/MiniDisk style. Plus, they’re pushing it as a storage medium, which they should have done with MiniDisk. MiniDisk would have KILLED Zip disks at the time it was released. At least Sony seems to be learning from past missteps.

    I wonder how well this LG Dualie will upscale standard def DVDs to 1080p? Does it use DCDi Faroudja circuitry?
    Will it play SACD and DVD Audio?

    Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  4. My two LG DVD-players both died and the other one was DOA. The display I bought was pink and same goes for the one they sent me to replace the original. Colors are fine if you use VGA-connector, but the DVI is useless, unless you like pink images.

    It’s gonna take a while ’till i buy another LG product.

    Can’t wait for the iPhone.

  5. great, make things more confusing for consumers… don’t forget Warners new dual format BLU-RAY/HD-DVD disc to stir in the pot. Now retailers have 3 new disc formats to stock and three HD hardware components. I’m still hoping Blu-Ray gets the win and soon!

  6. Not too confusing to me.

    Hmm you have a HDTV.

    Do you want Product A
    Product B?

    Well id like both.

    Ok Product C does both.

    Here are movies , EVERY SINGLE MOVIE will play in it.

    Warners hybrid discs are a moot point, they just want to cut down on the ammount of discs on the shelves, combining them makes sales better as well. and cuts down risk of product sitting on shelves or in boxes unsold.

  7. It’s a trap!

    The real expense is buying the content – DVDs. As long as they’re one format or the other, my investment in movies is at risk of obsolencence when the format war is over.

    I could match this by buying two players.

  8. HD is still born.

    It’s too confusing. The hardware is too expensive. The media is too expensive. Consumers are fine with regular DVDs. Who wants to buy all their media over AGAIN.

    HD won’t go anywhere until it is as cheap as todays SD DVD.

    The current offerings are not about better picture quality, they are pushing new DRM technologies to try and stem the tide of movies being ripped off.

    HDMI is not about better quality or convenience. It is to protect content.

    Personally my favorite format is Handbraked DVDs on the video iPod, I love that. It’s great on planes in airports. Now that I’ve got my external battery pack for ultra-long play time, I am truely good to go.

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