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Photos: HD DVD, Blu-ray players

First-generation DVD players and recorders featuring the two competing high-definition formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray.
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HP HD DVD at CES

Hewlett-Packard displayed this HD DVD disc player at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, held in January in Las Vegas, but the company has since said it will produce equipment that will support Blu-ray as well as HD DVD.

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Toshiba HD DVD

The new HD DVD by Toshiba is due to hit stores this spring.

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Pioneer Blu-ray at CES

The Pioneer BDP-HD1, seen here at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, is among the sleeker looking new Blu-ray disc players. Scheduled to go on sale in July, this model will retail for about $1,800.

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RCA HD DVD at CES

An early version of RCA's HD DVD player, shown at CES.

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Panasonic DMR-E700BD

The Panasonic DMR-E700BD is scheduled to hit the Japanese market July 31. It supports single-side, dual-layer Blu-ray discs with a maximum capacity of 50GB.

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Sony Blu-ray at CES

Sony's BDP-S1 Blu-ray Disc Player, displayed at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show, hits store shelves this summer and will retail for about $1,000.

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Toshiba HD DVD-ROM notebook

Toshiba is rolling out the world's first notebook PC equipped with an HD DVD-ROM drive. The Qosmio G30/697HS will be available in Japan next month. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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Mitsubishi Blu-ray at CES

A prototype of Mitsubishi's Blu-ray Disc player, which was shown at CES.

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Philips Blu-ray

The bulky case but simple interface of Royal Philips Electronics' Blu-ray player.

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