Pioneer Drops Laserdiscs
Criterion, Image Entertainment, and a few other small companies also supported the market for laserdisc, which was the highest-quality video source available to the consumer until the advent of the DVD. But despite LD's obvious superiority to consumer-grade video tape, the bulky, unwieldy discs and big machines needed to play them never gained mass appeal.
Image Entertainment is now the only remaining source for new laserdiscs. For the foreseeable future, Pioneer Electronics will continue to make and market combination LD/CD players, according to a company press release.