Samsung came with a brute-force solution to the HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray debate: it will launch a player that will support both formats!

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-09/07/content_3454461.htm

Samsung said Tuesday it will introduce a DVD player capable of handling both the Blu-Ray and HD DVD formats if rivals Sony and Toshiba fail to agree on a unified format.

    Samsung's head of consumer electronics, Choi Gee-sung, told the Financial Times Deutschland: "We would welcome a unified standard but if this doesn't come, which looks likely, we'll bring a unified solution to market."

It looks like we have no escape from the ever-growing alphabet soup of standards that a "regular" CD/DVD player must support. Right now we have things like CD-/+R,+/-RW, ROM, not to mention DVD+/-R/RW flavors, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, Double Layer, Dual Layer, and now HD DVD/Blu-Ray. Who knows how this long list of required standards will look five years from now, but it surely won't fit in a single row in my blog.

But, why should I complain? As long as the DVD player of the day is below $50, I am personally OK..