Toshiba is expected to demonstrate a new hybrid DVD disc tomorrow (May 11) at the MediaTech Expo in Las Vegas. The hybrid disc will feature standard DVD on one side and HD on the other.

Toshiba is expected to demonstrate a new hybrid DVD disc tomorrow (May 11) at the MediaTech Expo in Las Vegas. The hybrid disc will feature standard DVD on one side and HD on the other, and can be played on standard DVD players. It is unknown when the hybrid technology will be released at retail.

A number of major studios including Paramount Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video revealed at the end of last year that they will be collectively debuting 80 new releases and catalog titles on the HD DVD format this fall and early in 2006. HD DVD players are also expected this fourth quarter. Whether the studios will put out releases on hybrid DVD is unclear.

The HD DVD format, primarily developed by Toshiba and by NEC and Sanyo, is currently competing for industry acceptance with Blu-ray, an HD technology developed by Sony and a consortium of consumer electronics and IT companies.

Blu-ray players are expected at retail next year. The format is endorsed by Sony's home video arm, which now also includes MGM titles, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.

Representatives from both formats are currently talking about coming together to release one HD DVD format. The status of those talks is unknown.