Toshiba Kills HD DVD

Feb 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Digital Video Downloads, Video

REST IN PEACE, HD DVDToshiba Corporation today announced that it is killing off HD DVD.

“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.”

With HD DVD out of the way, there will be a window of opportunity for Blu-Ray. However, as DVD offers a “good enough” standard for many people, and digital delivery of HD content is already available, the success of Blu-Ray is likely to be the last gasp of the DVD format.
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.

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.

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  1. Albert Lee Fizz says:

    This format war was a waste of time, as the future will be non-optical formats such as hard drives. Only very collectible releases might be worthwhile to buy in a physical presentable format. But it was fun as long as it lasted.

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