Future DVD VIdeo Wars Compromise?
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2005 - 03:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well not really, but you can expect to see lots of devices coming out like this new Samsung player that plays both the upcoming Hi-Def video standards: Blu-Ray and HD-DVD.
Samsung will bring out a DVD machine next year capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD DVD if backers of the rival standards fail to agree on a unified format, a newspaper said.
Competition between the two camps has hampered the launch of the next generation of optical discs, which will have greater capacity and higher definition, as movie studios hesitate to commit to printing discs on either standard.
Samsung's head of consumer electronics, Choi Gee-sung, told the Financial Times Deutschland: "We would welcome a unified standard but if this doesn't come, which looks likely, we'll bring a unified solution to market."
"It won't be simple but you'll see our solution in the coming year. Consumers will be too confused otherwise," he added in the interview published on Tuesday.
Samsung is a backer of Blu-ray, which promises higher capacity than HD DVD and better interactivity and security.