HD DVDs: Ideally played on a high definition TV with an HD DVD player (or a Blu-ray/HD DVD hybrid player
) and special HD cables; some HD DVDs are manufactured in a dual format that can be played on either HD or standard definition players
Yet, these hybrid players
basically have become an essential part of championship teams.
The article on HD DVD is similar, but it also includes discussions of the implementation of digital rights management and the emergence of hybrid players
that can play both HD DVD and Blu-ray formats.
Still, Toyota was and is viewed as the world's hybrid leader--estimating it has saved consumers more than 135 million gallons of gasoline worldwide via its hybrid technology--but there are a few major automakers who think they may have developed a better hybrid mousetrap, one that will set them apart from the "traditional" hybrid players
. In 2004, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler announced a joint venture to develop a two-mode hybrid system that would reduce overall fuel consumption without sacrificing towing and power capabilities for light trucks, SUVs and vehicles with large engines.
A report from Salomon Smith Barney suggests that the next phase in the Internet retailing evolution will be led by hybrid players
formed by partnerships between pure-play E-tailers and brick-and-mortar retailers.