The two competing high-definition DVD technologies have finally found some middle ground after two companies announced products designed to handle both formats.
Film studio Warner Bros has produced a disc that includes the same content for Blu-ray and HD-DVD players.
Warner's Total HD discs will be officially announced at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
However, LG is also set to announce a player that can read either Blu-ray or HD-DVD discs at the Las Vegas gadget show.
LG said that it would debut the dual-format player early in 2007, although no pricing details have been announced.
The launch of two rival formats has left the DVD industry facing a battle similar to the 1980s Betamax versus VHS debate.
Warner Bros chairman Barry M. Meyer claimed that his company had decided to develop Total HD because it did not expect a clear winner between Blu-ray and HD-DVD in the foreseeable future.
Time Warner, the parent company of Warner Bros, said that its research showed that consumers would be willing to pay extra for a version of a DVD that worked on players for both formats.
Warner and LG merge high-def DVD formats
By Matt Chapman on Jan 8, 2007 9:39AM