I keep wishing Pioneer could put out a new player. I have no delusions that LD's could ever be manufactured again like records are, since all the production lines that made them are gone. However, a new player doesn't seem impossible. My dream player would be based on the industrial machines, no CD or DVD playback, and single side play to keep it simple and less prone to breaking down. Or perhaps dual laser pickups to do away with the Rube Goldberg gamma turn mechanism? And oh yes, a built in RF demodulator for Dolby.
2018 will mark the 40th anniversary of LD's debut, back when it was called DiscoVision.