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BenQ Developing Hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD Burner!?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:35 pm
by Ian
According to the Taipei Times, BenQ had a hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD burner at Computex. ... 2003312529

Taking a safer path, BenQ Corp (明基) unveiled a hybrid burner, which can run both Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs in standard desktop computers.

BenQ plans to introduce a new hybrid model for consumers to connect to their televisions, or computers in mid-August, a company staff member said at the Computex show.

Anyone have any further info? I haven't even seen any pics of the drive.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:33 pm
by Dartman
Lets hope this sort of thing happens, it will help the format war a bit as you wont have to choose sides, just buy what you like no matter what format.
Dual, triple, etc dvd burners have been readily accepted and sure are handy, buy what's on sale or what suits what your doing :)

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:40 pm
by [buck]
I love BenQ. :D

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:20 am
by dolphinius_rex
BenQ will make it work. LiteON will make it cheap for them.

I think we have a winner :D

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:34 am
by RJW
Based on Samsung comments I would say risky business at this time.
It seems that HD DVD and probably also Blu ray have a rule in the license that makes dual format drives not possible.

Now it's a question if that rule would still stand in a legal case.
And it's a question if some small workarround options make it possible to avoid it.
And it's a question if Benq will take the risks.

So let's see how this one will work out.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:43 pm
by vinnie97
The said rule is just another aspect that will alienate customers and make this format war draw on longer.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:20 pm
by Ian
It's odd that we haven't heard more abou this hybrid drive. I can't believe that the Taipei Times were the only ones to see it.