Blu-ray play and burn, HD DVD just play
LG, single-handedly, seems to be trying to bring some common sense to the high-def formats war. It's introducing a PC drive, the GGW-H10N Super Multi Blue, that reads HD DVD and reads and writes Blu-ray - and this is in addition to the Super Multi Blue dual-HD set-top player it's also promising, the BH100.
With Blu-ray, the GGW-H10N can record up to 50GB of data on dual-layer BD-R/BD-RE -2 blanks. That 50GB recording capability is said to be good for four and a half hours of high-definition video and 22 hours of standard definition.
And the LG's Blu-ray burn speed is fast - 4x - so, in theory (and it probably is only a theory!), it could take as little as 24 minutes to burn a full single-layer 25GB BD-R disc.
As well as handling BD and HD DVD, the GGW-H10N can burn DVDs and CDs, making it the most flexible and future-proof DVD writer we've so far heard about.
Mind, you , we’re no closer to knowing which of the HD formats is better but, with luck, that soon won't matter any way!