Saturday, February 16th 2008

Toshiba to Give Up on HD DVD

Following closely on the heels of news that both Netflix and Wal-Mart plan to drop HD DVD support, it looks like Toshiba, one of the key firms behind the format, is planning to do the same. A company source is being reported as saying:
We have entered the final stage of planning to make our exit from the next generation DVD business.
An official announcement is expected to come within the next few days, and it is estimated that the move could see Toshiba suffer losses of hundreds of millions of dollars. This is likely to put an end to the HD format war, with Blu-ray, backed largely by Sony, looking almost certain to overcome HD DVD, which had powerful names including Toshiba and Microsoft supporting it.

Update: Toshiba denies the reports:
"The media reported that Toshiba will discontinue its HD DVD business. Toshiba has not made any announcement concerning this. Although Toshiba is currently assessing its business strategies, no decision has been made at this moment."Source: Reuters
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81 Comments on Toshiba to Give Up on HD DVD

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SK-1
pentastar111 said:
Screw all of this...I'm going back to VHS:laugh::toast::D
So would I, but the studios and tape makers are all looking to end supporting all analog tape in
about 18 to 24 months. I work with the Hollywood studios (and a few adult studios:cool:) in my line of work, so I get a little inside scoop.
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#2
Ravenas
Hehe...I still have a huge VHS collection in a shelf behind my recliner.
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pentastar111
SK-1 said:
So would I, but the studios and tape makers are all looking to end supporting all analog tape in
about 18 to 24 months. I work with the Hollywood studios (and a few adult studios:cool:) in my line of work, so I get a little inside scoop.
That's a shame they are discontinuing support.:shadedshu..Funny you should mention "adult" studios...Me and a few of friends of mine were discussing good and bad of todays tech...on the subject of movies and the shift from vhs to DVD, DVD is the way to go with regular films,:toast: BUT...we did note that while the quality is better in dvd porn, it lacks the "sleaze" factor that can only be experienced while watching on vhs.:laugh:
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#4
Triprift
Vhs for me is like waching an mpg at fullscreen on a 30 inch monitor totally crud unless your miles away from the screen.
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#5
lemonadesoda
Instead of all this REGION coding, how about FORMAT coding? BR for the US, HDDVD for Europe. ;)
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Ravenas
lemonadesoda said:
Instead of all this REGION coding, how about FORMAT coding? BR for the US, HDDVD for Europe. ;)
Because Blu-Ray is dominating European sells. ;)
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