Blu-Ray Wins Format War

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Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses 19 February, 2008
Company Remains Focused on Championing Consumer Access to High Definition Content
TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.
HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.
"We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called 'next-generation format war' and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop," said Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation. "While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality."
Toshiba will continue to lead innovation, in a wide range of technologies that will drive mass market access to high definition content. These include high capacity NAND flash memory, small form factor hard disk drives, next generation CPUs, visual processing, and wireless and encryption technologies. The company expects to make forthcoming announcements around strategic progress in these convergence technologies.
Toshiba will begin to reduce shipments of HD DVD players and recorders to retail channels, aiming for cessation of these businesses by the end of March 2008. Toshiba also plans to end volume production of HD DVD disk drives for such applications as PCs and games in the same timeframe, yet will continue to make efforts to meet customer requirements. The company will continue to assess the position of notebook PCs with integrated HD DVD drives within the overall PC business relative to future market demand.
This decision will not impact on Toshiba's commitment to standard DVD, and the company will continue to market conventional DVD players and recorders. Toshiba intends to continue to contribute to the development of the DVD industry, as a member of the DVD Forum, an international organization with some 200 member companies, committed to the discussion and defining of optimum optical disc formats for the consumer and the related industries.
Toshiba also intends to maintain collaborative relations with the companies who joined with Toshiba in working to build up the HD DVD market, including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation and major Japanese and European content providers on the entertainment side, as well as leaders in the IT industry, including Microsoft, Intel, and HP. Toshiba will study possible collaboration with these companies for future business opportunities, utilizing the many assets generated through the development of HD DVD.
Format War: Toshiba Kills HD DVD, Official

Time for me to get my hands on a PS3.
 

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Awesome news. I was realy hoping Blu-Ray would win. I wasn't going to buy anything until the official word came out. I'm glad I don't own a bunch of HD-DVD's and a HD-DVD player now. :D

I'll be looking to get myself a PS3 now as well.
 

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That's great, HD-DVD will be gone soon and I won't have to read tech ads knowing just how retarded it is to try and throw people off making HD not stand for high definition but instead it stands for high density.

I was waiting for one of them to win as well because I didn't want to have expensive and new but obsolete technology that I suddenly had no use for.


Glad to see that it's officially over now, but it was pretty much sealed when WB stopped making HD DVD movies like a month ago.
 
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dDave

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well you can always get another one.

so does anybody agree with me yet that maybe extra features (such as a disc movie player) do help video game consoles sell, I know a lot of people that are planning to get PS3 now just because Blu-Ray won.
 

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I don't know how long it'll take for me to get a PS3, but I do know that I'm going to be sad that I have to work on replacing my DVD collection already. We need a universal format, and we need it now.
 

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Or you could just wait and buy a standalone blu-ray player for cheaper than a PS3. I hope everyone who buys a PS3 for the blu-ray at least has an HDTV. Otherwise they're retarded.
 

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Or you could just wait and buy a standalone blu-ray player for cheaper than a PS3. I hope everyone who buys a PS3 for the blu-ray at least has an HDTV. Otherwise they're retarded.
Well it would make sense if somebody was planning on getting an HDTV down the line. That way they will have their movies in the optimum format already.