LG Considering Scrapping One-Format Player for Combo?

Various online reports this week suggest that the uncertainty over the final outcome of the Blu-ray/HD DVD format war has led LG Electronics to reconsider its earlier announcement to introduce the first Blu-ray-only player this spring and, instead, wait a bit longer and then come out with a dual-format unit.

Beyond a lot of speculation on various blogging sites, some online reports also cite an "internal memo" sent by an LG executive to the company's U.S. sales force, indicating LG may alter its plans to introduce its first Blu-ray player, the LG BD199, a prototype of which was on display at CES in Las Vegas.

According to published reports, LG might be considering a dual-format next-gen DVD player for release later in the year. LG recently signed an HD DVD patent-sharing agreement with Toshiba. (It may have been just a technical fluke, but "BD199" and some variations on the model name prompted no results this week using the LG Web site's own search engine.) LG has not yet returned phone calls in the past couple of days, prior to our deadline.