Published on January 14th,2009 at 4:41 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

The LD Is Dead… Finally

This is a sad day for all LD (Laser Disc) fans… Pioneer is stopping the production of their three latest LD players, the DVL-919, DVK-900 and DVL-K88…

For your information, Pioneer sold over 3.6 Million LD players in Japan from 1981 to 2002.

Via Pioneer
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  • LD

    Damn, now I need to hurry to buy one before is too late!

  • Leefe

    Damn… I liked LDs… Now I can’t play my old LD films!

  • MrPink

    Damn. A local thrift store was selling a ton of great films on Laserdisc including a whole stack of X-Files episodes for $1 each. I was tempted to buy the stack and grab a LD player on the way out.

  • hey

    damn, um, just keeping up the pattern.

  • Gandalf

    Damn, pew pew pew.

  • jesus99

    “Damn… I liked LDs… Now I can’t play my old LD films!”

    Yes you can. Pioneer isn’t destroying all the LD players in the world

  • blahblah

    They still make LD?!

  • BoyFacedDog

    Last month I cleaned out a storage room at a location I was taking over. The local manager was with me, trying to decide if anything was worth keeping. We uncovered an LD writer/player and a stack of twenty blank disks. The man had been at the location for fifteen years and had no idea what the LD player was.

  • deathwombat

    Damnit, I was just thinking of switching over to LD from Betamax…

  • Ryan

    Damn time to move on to hd-dvd

  • ldfan

    all this years from 2002 to 2008 pioneer was selling ld players in what country????

  • JD1

    “all this years from 2002 to 2008 pioneer was selling ld players in what country????”

    These DVD/LD combo players would have continued to sell in Japan, where LD was a very big format long before DVD came along. There was a market for a high-quality playback-only movie format in Japan when that market didn’t exist in the U.S. so there lots of folks there have very extensive LD collections, including many titles that have never been released on DVD.

    The U.S. market was different, and by the time a substantial number of Americans were ready for a non-recordable movie medium (because they already had VCRs to time-shift TV shows and watch home movies, and finally had big screen TVs – mostly purchased for sports – to appreciate the higher resolution) DVD had made its debut. LD remained a niche product in the U.S. and never became a mass-market item the way it did in Japan.

  • Sektow

    I bought mine just to play the Star Wars Trilogy. connected to a good sound system it was Awesomeness Purified in Analog !
    My wife showed me that it was also excellent for all the Asian Karaoke Discs it could play. Chinese Opera anyone?

  • Earmarx


  • D M

    I can get all the Laser Disc and some very good Laser Disc players on Ebay… 

    And will,keep doing so. Old is Cool. And love them.. 



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