LG has confirmed it will go ahead and sell its combi Blu-ray/HD DVD deck in the UK, despite the demise of HD DVD – but it will only be available in limited numbers and from selected retailers.
Last week Samsung announced it was cancelling the release of its second-generation combi player, the BD-UP5500.
Daniel Aziz, marketing manager for Digital Media, LG UK, says: "There are a number of consumers who have chosen HD DVD and begun to build an HD DVD collection. With this in mind, LG has identified a very small number of customers who would be willing to purchase a dual-format player, making it necessary to provide the LG BH200 which supports both Blu-ray and HD DVD."
The BH200 can output up to 1080p video resolution at 24-, 30- and 60-frames-per-second, and supports various AV formats, including MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 video, MPEG1/2 audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, DTS and DTS-HD audio.
The unit also includes multiple inputs/outputs such as HDMI 1.3 out, component/composite video outputs, digital optical and analogue audio outputs as well as a LAN Ethernet port for network interactivity.
Viewers can also enjoy advanced options such as "Picture-in-Picture", now available from many Blu-ray discs.