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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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.

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.

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

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).

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.