Philips and Lite-on announce $199 Blu-ray drive for the PC

If price is the battleground where the war between Blu-ray and HD DVD will be fought, then Philips and Lite-On Digital Solutions fired a new salvo on Tuesday, with the announcement of a $199 drive. Unfortunately, the internal PLDS DH-4O1S drive is not the official answer to the $99 Toshiba HD DVD player that went on sale at Wal-mart last week. The DH-401S is an internal drive for the PC that simply plays back Blu-ray, DVD, and CD discs, although the manufacturers noted that a PC equipped with the drive could be connected via an HDMI cable to a TV.

Spec-wise, the drive reads either single- or dual-layer BD-R/RE/ROM discs at up to 4X speeds, while single- or double-layer DVD±R or DVD-ROM discs can be read at 12X and single or double-layer DVD±RW discs can be read at 8X speeds. DVD, Single-layer or Double-layer media at 4X maximum. Single Layer DVD ±R or DVD-ROM can be read at 12X max, while Double Layer DVD±R and Single Layer DVD±RW can be read at 8X max. CD-R/RW/ROM has a maximum read speed of 32X.

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12 Comments

HawkMan said,
and it can't even wirte on DVD's ?

who released a PC disk drive today without write capability....

It can, in fact, write DVDs and CDs; otherwise it would be absurd.

This is hardly news. The Pioneer BDC-202 has been out for a while - it reads Blu-Ray and reads/writes DVD+/- DL, DVD-RAM and CDs; it costs £100 ($200). If the Philip / Lite-on drive supported HD-DVD as well then that would be something special but it doesn't.

I don't see why this is worthy of a news post... we don't get posts about every new DVD writer that comes out (especially when they offer nothing new and cost exactly the same).

I want to get this for my HTPC. However, I can't use it because the PC doesn't have HDCP. Hopefully there is software to remove the protection, as spending $300 on top of this drive is quite useless...

zivan56 said,
I want to get this for my HTPC. However, I can't use it because the PC doesn't have HDCP. Hopefully there is software to remove the protection, as spending $300 on top of this drive is quite useless...

anydvd

Yeah, what is up with that deal? Those drives normally retail for ~ $1000.00! And they've been all sold out for a while. I even asked some of the guys in the store, and they seemed to think it was legit.

Maybe they had to clear out some stolen merchandise.

Hmmm. Philips/Lite-On.

Where are the guys always saying BD is a "Sony" format?

I have a Philips BD writer, 2x $599 SATA.
There are also writers from Plextor, Panasonic, BenQ, Asus, Pioneer, LG, Samsung, HP, and Sony.

$200 for a reader is par for the course. New writers coming out (4X) are about $499.

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