Combo Blu-ray, HD DVD discs delayed ’till next year

BetaNews: Warner Home Video’s answer to the rift in the high-definition DVD industry, will not arrive in the second half of this year as planned, instead reaching the market in 2008. 10-20 movies will be initially offered using the “Total HD” technology, which includes both HD DVD and Blu-ray on a single disc.

Total HD made its official debut at CES 2007, with the promise of sandwiching two data layers atop one another, with each layer capable of being read by its respective player.

Most importantly, a Total HD disc would not need a hybrid player such as the one LG unveiled at CES, and may solve the problem of media retailers having to divide their high-def shelves into separate segments.

Instead of crowding the market with multiple versions of the same movies , Total HD would mean one movie disc for both high-definition formats and, in turn, reduce the required expensive retail shelf space in the process.

The studio says it’s not in a rush to bring Total HD to the market, and will do so only when the technology is ready.

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