updated 02:30 pm EDT, Tue September 19, 2006
Warner 3-layer Disc
Toshiba's recent hybrid DVD/HD DVD disc provides an upgrade path for DVD owners who are considering an upgrade to one next-generation disc format, but does not address the more serious dilemma of the new format in question. For now, users' libraries are still at risk of becoming obsolete if Blu-Ray becomes the dominant standard. Video stores are also forced to carry both standards until a clear victor appears. Warner Brothers Pictures recognizes this problem and has taken the unusual step of researching its own hybrid disc, according to New Scientist. The triple-layer format would turn the thinner Blu-Ray layer into a mirror-like surface that would transmit laser light to the deeper HD DVD layer while still reflecting enough light that a Blu-Ray drive could still read the data. These same discs could also have a DVD layer on the reverse side should it be necessary. Warner's first movie to support the new discs will be Lake House, which will run on all current and next-generation players when released September 26th.