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'Flipper' discs to contain both Blu-ray and DVD formats on a single disc

'Flipper' discs to contain bot...
The new dual format 'flipper' discs feature standard DVD format on one side, and Blu-ray on the other
The new dual format 'flipper' discs feature standard DVD format on one side, and Blu-ray on the other
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The new dual format 'flipper' discs feature standard DVD format on one side, and Blu-ray on the other
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The new dual format 'flipper' discs feature standard DVD format on one side, and Blu-ray on the other

Universal Studios Home Entertainment are easing the transition from DVD to Blu-ray with the announcement it will release dual-format discs containing both Blu-ray and DVD versions of some of its films on a single disc. The so-called “flipper” discs will allow users to choose between Blu-ray and DVD formats by flipping the disc, making it easy for movie buffs to future-proof their collections.

Blu-ray is slowly gathering steam, but even those who have purchased a Blu-ray player can still sometimes find themselves leaning towards a standard DVD instead of a Blu-ray disc purely for the sake of convenience. Those that have taken the plunge into the High Definition format will still likely have standard DVD players dotted around the house, limiting the viewing options of Blu-ray discs. Meanwhile, for those planning to upgrade to Blu-ray at a future date, the new discs mean movie buffs won’t be forced to double up on discs to keep their collections up to date.

Universal will launch the flipper discs on January 19, 2010 with the Bourne trilogy of films starring Matt Damon, at prices yet to be announced. Other titles will follow.

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Gadgeteer
They already did this with HD DVD during the format war and people didn\'t like it. The combo disks invariably cost more and many people were furious that they were forced to pay for a DVD side that they had no intention of ever using.