JVC previews Blu-ray DVD combo

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    JVC previews Blu-ray DVD combo
    Published: December 29, 2004, 1:40 PM PST
    By Paul Festa
    Staff Writer, CNET News.com

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    A new Blu-ray and DVD hybrid disc could bring some relief to consumers
    weary of the format war, but will it be enough for the increasingly
    fractured market?

    JVC on Friday showed a prototype of a disc that combines standard DVD and
    new Blu-ray technology for a combined 33.5GB of capacity.

    Blu-ray is a new read-only optical disc technology that increases the
    amount of storage on a disc with the aim of allowing content producers to
    distribute high-definition movies. But analysts warn that competing
    technologies like Blu-ray and High-Definition DVD (HD DVD) could do more
    short-term harm than good by prolonging confusion in the market.

    "Everyone's vying to be the next DVD heir-apparent," said Jupiter
    Communications analyst Michael Gartenberg. "It's the 21st-century format
    wars and until all this stuff shakes out, consumers aren't going to buy
    anything. It's going to be a huge mess until consumers are able to sort
    out what the winning technology is."

    A combined Blu-ray and standard DVD disc could help the situation. If
    content producers start distributing the combo discs, consumers might be
    more inclined to buy Blu-ray players.

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