LG Hybrid High-Definition Player Available at Best Buy

Despite previous reports that LG would not be able to release its Blu-ray HD-DVD Combo Player because the company forgot to include the interactive High Definition (iHD) feature for HD DVDs, the product is ready for ordering on Best Buy's website. Without iHD, the device cannot playback all interactive menus and special features on an HD DVD. Because LG did not respect the HD DVD standard, the company cannot use the HD DVD logo. According to Gizmodo's Brian Lam, the link is working correctly. However, the price tag is a whopping $1,200; more than an HD DVD player and a PS3. Regardless of all the factors hinting that the device won't sell very well, it is reassuring that a hybrid (crippled) player is finally available. At the very least, LG has stomped out a dirt road which the company and competitors can hopefully pave soon.

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News source: Best Buy (via Gizmodo)

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Why are these CD/DVD/HD-DVD boxes often so big? when you open them up they are 95% air. This one is damn ugly as well.

Same thing happens when software coders design the GUI, it might work but is ugly as sin. (Speaking as a coder myself).

Indeed, it does look very cheap. Having said that, NightmarE, there are some solid designs that could be brought back from the 80's.

A useless piece of crap and it looks like it came straight out of the 1980's

Why do companies keep making hardware that looks like it's 20 years old?

LG can DIAF. Like someone said this was just a ploy to make HD-DVD look inferior while at the same time ripping off less informed consumers.

LOL!

HD DVD folk crack me up.

When this player was first announced they were like "Yay! More support! The tide is turning!"

Now it's a "conspiracy" to make HD DVD look bad because it can't quite do all interactive features. ROFL! :nuts:

HD DVD is dying all by itself. 175k units (desktop, laptop, standalones, add-ons) for all of 2006 (Toshiba's numbers via their own press release at CES).

No new manufacturing support from mainstream companies.

And (the killer) no new studio support with tepid title announcements and their lone exclusive studio, Universal, not announcing a lineup at CES when previously in 2005 and 2006 they have.

It's the "Scary Movie" version of "Titanic" I tell ya!

they cant update HD-DVd functions visa software as the machine is missing the HDi chip that witch houses all of the HD-DVd funcnality interactive content features. so it is a Hardware issue

Let the stupid early adopters pay $1,200 for this device. It's their money, let them kill the green on it. I would hope that the better this sells the better the chance that it will get done right, whether by LG or some other company.

Can't they add this "feature" using a software update to the player? It seems to me that the player has Ethernet connectivity so why not?

That's assuming they want to update it's HD-DVD software.
I thought the point of the player is to make Blu-Ray look good. If they enable all the features for HD-DVD which Blu-Ray doesn't have yet, that's not a good thing for their business (considering LG is a member of the Blu-Ray group).
In making a dual format player they show-off the Blu-Ray, put down HD-DVD whilst drawing in "the patent early adopter".
People will buy HD-DVD's, but in the long game, HD-DVD "doesn't have the features of Blu-Ray".... for owners of this player.
The real dual format device is going to have to come from a neutral party.... and be cheap enough so that it's not more expensive than a single format player.