No HD DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Drive

Earlier in the year, LG indicated it was considering such a product, but now says it doesn’t have such a device on its current road map. Other major electronics makers had already decided to pursue single-format players for now, so LG’s indicated direction gave hope to some analysts that the format war might be bridged this year. Others have noted that the licensing agreements also make coming out with a combination device difficult. The companies that contributed intellectual property to the standard will also likely earn revenue from licensing royalties. Pioneer has also ditched the idea of coming out with a combo player.


The dream of many gadget kooks these days–a box that can play both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD movies–may come some day, but it doesn’t appear likely in the near future. Earlier in the year, LG indicated it was considering such a product, but now says it doesn’t have such a device on its current road map. Other major electronics makers had already decided to pursue single-format players for now, so LG’s indicated direction gave hope to some analysts that the format war might be bridged this year. Others have noted that the licensing agreements also make coming out with a combination device difficult. The companies that contributed intellectual property to the standard will also likely earn revenue from licensing royalties. Pioneer has also ditched the idea of coming out with a combo player.

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