HD DVD: D-E-A-D
Toshiba has not commented publicly, but a report on Japan's NHK says Toshiba has made the decision to withdraw from next generation high-definition DVD production.
This news certainly doesn't come as surprise to anyone remotely following HD DVD's format war with rival Blu-ray. HD DVD had suffered a string of defections, with Warner, Netflix, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart all recently pledging their alliance to Blu-ray.
The NHK report says existing HD DVD products will remain in the market for a while, but Toshiba will stop further development of HD DVD. The report also estimates that Toshiba will take a hit to the tune of "hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars" and will close factories in northern Japan.
The format war, often compared to the Betamax-VHS battle in
the 1980s, has confused consumers unsure of which DVD or player
to buy, slowing the development what is expected to be a
multibillion dollar high definition DVD industry.
engender the switch to a whole new medium: DVDs are cheaper, they carry
more titles, and we already have tons of 'em. Maybe I'm just jealous
that my apartment isn't big enough to house a hi-definition television
and me at the same time. I'd have to place it at the window and watch
it from down on the sidewalk.