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    BlueRay-HD DVD players?

    Hi all, Can conventional CD/DVD readers/players play the new format BlueRay and HD DVD discs, or does one have to get new players to deal with them. If the latter does the Video Card also have to be changed? Present Card is a NVIIDA 7600GS 256MB Dual DVI - Dual Link w/HDCP & TV out. If there has to be a change where does one get the things? Present units are (1) 48X/32X/ CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive and (2) a 16xDbl Layer MultiFrmt DVD Wrtr DVD;R;RW/CD-R/RW. Are there enough of these new formats around that I should even worry about them? I certainly can't imagine that I'd ever need to write 50GB or whatever to a disc. Is the video from these enough better than current HD to make it worthwhile to even think about them? Thanks - Chuck Etheridge

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    Re: BlueRay-HD DVD players?

    I would be shocked if one of the design specifications for pre-recorded Blu-ray discs was not "prevent use in PCs." <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    I notice that Sony's page for its BWU-100A Internal Blu-ray Disc Rewritable Drive doesn't mention playing Blu-ray discs. Does that mean it can't? Or is secretly available.

    The program AnyDVD HD says it can work around the digital rights management for Blu-ray discs and alow them to be played on a PC with PowerDVD Ultra. I have no idea whether it is available or even legal in the U.S.

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    Re: BlueRay-HD DVD players?

    to answer you first question, you must have a new DVD player for the new formats. A BluRay player will not play HD and an HD player will not play BluRay. Several manufacturers have announced combination drives. See bluray hd combination drive - Google Search for more information. Right now any of the drives (combination or not)are horribly expensive.

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