Sometimes, there is no end in sight. You have finally set up your home theatre. The flat screen TV, the hard drive recorder and the surround sound - everything is just right. Next thing you know, stores are full of new and different gadgets and your state of the art centre is obsolete.
HD-DVD and Blu-ray technology remain incompatible. However, some manufacturers have created hybrid devices that play both standards. Samsung's BDP-UP5000 should be available for about 900 euros starting in early 2008. The BH100 from LG Electronics will also play both formats, but will cost about 1,500 euros.
Reinhard Otter of the Stuttgart-based video magazine is not impressed by the hybrid devices.