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Hybrid HD player from Samsung and Toshiba

Hybrid HD player from Samsung and Toshiba

A hybrid player from Samsung and Toshiba could end the HD-DVD / Blu-ray format war.

Blu-ray or HD-DVD? Just like VHS and Beta there is the question of who will survive and who with wither away unto death? This question is even more uncertain, now that Samsung and Toshiba have joined forces to create a hybrid player.

The player will include both Blu-Ray and HD DVD capabilities. The device is planned for later this year or early 2007. Samsung and Tosh both manufacturer their next-gen optical players at the same plant, a joint venture between the two.

Tom's has also reported that Sony and NEC have also created a joint venture between Blu-ray and HD-DVD, giving the format's major promotor a safety net in case it all goes wrong.

So will there still be a format war or will they stand side by side?

The first Blu-ray player is due out imminently, with a handful of movies to be launched alongside. HD-DVD has already been out since March.

Interestingly, it appears that Samsung is calling Sony's bluff - under the licensing agreement for Blu-ray, parters aren't allowed to dabble in HD-DVD. It seems that Samsung is testing whether Sony will really push that.

We have hybrid players, but what about hybrid discs? Well we recently reported Warner’s plans to release hybrid HD-DVD/DVD discs, but will we see hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD discs?

Is this good news for consumers or will this keep prices high due to possible reduced competition? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.