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R.I.P.: Toshiba HD DVD

So, it’s finally official. Toshiba delivers the “betamax address” and announced it’s giving up on the HD market and will discontinue production of players and recorders, according to recent press release.

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.

It’s been a long and expensive battle against Sony’s Blue-Ray technology. And to think Micrsoft was strongly backing Toshiba by using HD-DVD with all its X-Box 360 HD players.

The good thing about this is that 3rd world countries such as ours will never have to suffer being casualties. We’re always late in the adoption and by the time ti fully arrives here, the war has been decided already. Only had the chance to experience HD DVD but not Blue-ray. Maybe next year’s purchase will be low-cost Blueray players.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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9 Responses

  1. jhay says:

    Finally it’s settled. Now we just have to wait what will Microsoft do with the XBOX 360? Switch over to Blu-Ray? Will it mean that discs for that console can also be played on the PS3? :P

  2. Yes! FINALLY! The war is over.

    Okay, now they can start importing Blu-Ray, I’m all for Blu-Ray ever since anyway, but I don’t want to spend money until it is clear which tech will be widely accepted.

    Now it is finally clear. BLU-RAY IT IS!!

    And lol, Abe, I am curious, have any info of any tech wars that ended? Except for VHS and Betamax ofcourse, that case is very different (VHS suing Betamax…)

    It seems this is the first tech war where someone surrendered.

    Go Blu-Ray!!

    (Go FLOSS! [Free/Libre Open-Source Software])

  3. naksd says:

    I have a sense that HD-DVD will be a de-facto standard back there in the philippines like what happened to the VCD, failed at the US, flourished (thanks to the low quality pirates) in asia.

    In the meantime, i can buy with confidence a PS3 (soon, sana….)

  4. Kiven says:

    Doh. FYI the Xbox 360 runs normal DVD/DVD9 discs. Throw away your external HD DVD player though…or sell it to someone living under a rock

    As for “Yey for Bluray”, ill wait for prices to drop before singing Sony’s praises to high heavens.


  5. Joenel Umal says:

    The name HD-DVD i think sounds kinda old, it’s like putting a prefix to DVD, so next will be ED-DVD for “Extreme Definition DVD” even worst SD-DVD “Supreme Definition DVD”, so i guess it’s just cooler to use Blu-Ray…

  6. Mitsch says:

    Hi! I’m working in a company providing blu ray solutions among other things for content providers, film studios, tv networks, etc. If you know of any content provider, etc. who wants to accelerate having interactive and web-enabled movies in blu ray discs, let me know. Thanks!!!

  7. Compelling blog post you have hereabouts. I hadn’t thought-through such.

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