LG unveils new multi-format HD optical drives

By Justin Mann on July 20, 2007, 7:18 PM
Even though the first generation combo HD drives are a minor bit in an already minor market, manufacturers are still eager to show their interest. LG Electronics is now unveiling their second generation of drives that support both of the warring hi-def formats, a bit of a slap in the face to the backing camps of both who insist one must conquer the other.

LG's new drives are in the “Super Multi Blue” family, and include the GGW-H20LI and GGC-H20LI. For the functionality of these drives, and in comparison to the drives of last year, they are incredibly cheap: $499 and $399. That's a significant drop in price, and brings them closer to mainstream drives and more attractive to the consumer.

Whether HD-DVD or Blu-ray ends up becoming the dominant format, the dominant optical drive will likely be these combo units. While standalone drives for a single format are dropping in price rapidly, with Toshiba's HD-DVD units dipping below $300, the multi-format units aren't far behind.

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9Nails said:
Why are manufactures still interested in these technologies? There must be little to do. The consumer uptake in HD video content has been minimal. Stand alone HD players have sold as little as 200,000 players since its inception. And Blu-Ray stand-alone players sold far fewer numbers than HD sets.Consumers are leery of buying the new technology burdened with Digital Rights Restrictions. There have been numerous complaints about backwards compatibility with TV sets. And the cost of the equipment far exceeds its standard definition DVD competitor - which many consumers feel that standard definition DVD works just fine and offers just as good of a picture at a lower cost.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
Are there DRM restrictions if you record HD video using a HDV camera, then burn it to HD DVD or Blu-Ray?
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