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Can I Play a Blu-ray Disc on an HD-DVD player or Vice-Versa?

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Question: Can I Play a Blu-ray Disc on an HD-DVD player or Vice-Versa?
NOTICE: HD-DVD is now officially discontinued. However, information on HD-DVD, and its comparison to Blu-ray, is still contained in this article for historical purposes, as well as the fact that there are still many HD-DVD player owners, and HD-DVD players and discs will continue to be sold and traded on the secondary market for some time.
Answer: Since the Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD formats are incompatible, due to differences in actual physical disc structure, you cannot play a Blu-ray Disc in an HD-DVD format player, nor can you play an HD-DVD in a Blu-ray Disc format player.

The only players that were made that could play both Blu-ray and HD-DVD were three players made by LG (BH100, BH200) and Samsung (BD-UP5000) that were specifically designed to play both formats in the same machine. Since HD-DVD is no longer available, the combo player concept was also discontinued in early 2008.

Other alternatives that have been proposed to solve this problem include a dual Blu-ray/HD-DVD disc. This would be a disc that would have the Blu-ray version of the film or program on one side and the HD-DVD content on the other side. A similar solution is already being provided on some HD-DVD titles, in which the HD-DVD content is on one side of the disc and standard DVD content is offered on the other side.

However, all Blu-ray and HD-DVD players can be used to play back standard DVDs. This means your current DVD library is playable on either a Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD player.

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