No Hybrid HD DVD from LG

When I’m at a seafood restaurant, I often order the “Fisherman’s Platter” because I can’t make up my mind and I like variety. Maybe that’s why I’ve always been a fan of LG’s “Super Multi” DVD drives; they support DVD-RAM, DVD+R/RW, and DVD-R/RW (as well as all CD formats). You don’t have to pick a favorite, and the drives are the most versatile that you can get.

So I was pleased but not surprised last spring when LG announced plans to produce a hybrid blue laser DVD drive that would support both high definition format: HD DVD and BluRay. But it looks now that this won’t happen. At the LG Summer Line Show in New York last week, it was revealed that the plans for the hybrid drive have been cancelled.

While I was not pleased by this change of direction, I have to say that I am once again not surprised. The difference in structure between DVD-RAM and the various DVD+/- R/RW formats is relatively small compared with the enormous differences between HD DVD and BluRay. When I first heard about the plans for a hybrid drive, my second reaction was that it would pose some significant engineering and design challenges. (My first reaction was that I wanted one, so I wouldn’t have to choose between HD DVD and BluRay.) Other companies out there are working on hybrid high definition blue-laser DVD drives, so there is still hope that by the time I’m ready to take the plunge, the “Fisherman’s Platter” of hi-def DVDs will be available.