No movement as yet on DVD format war

By Derek Sooman on May 10, 2005, 5:36 AM
Rumours that the next generation DVD format war might soon be over apparently seem quite exaggerated, it has emerged. Both Sony and Toshiba have issued statements saying that any agreement over a new, unified format is just rumour and speculation, and that no such agreements have been reached. Some reports had suggested that Toshiba had been forced by Sony to accept the Blu-Ray standard, which Toshiba flatly denies. Although talks are underway to try to achieve something, Toshiba are nonetheless still keen to promote their HD-DVD format, which they will be demonstrating at the Media Tech Expo, set to kick off in Las Vegas on 5/11.

Some commentators speculate, however, that perhaps an agreement has been made, and that these denials are merely trying to cover up leaks.

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun has had breaking news stories denied and then proven correct many times before. Is this a case of Toshiba and Sony trying to take control of a bit of hot information that leaked out ahead of schedule, or have there truly been no advancements in negotiations for a single format next generation DVD?

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phantasm66 said:
]Toshiba announces triple-layer, 45 GByte HD DVD[/url][quote]Signs that a format war between the two potential successors of the DVD could be avoided received a setback Tuesday with an announcement of Toshiba to increase the capacity and flexibility of HD DVD media. In addition to the already demonstrated single-layer (15 GByte) and dual-layer (30 GByte) discs, Toshiba said it will bring a triple-layer disc with a capacity of 45 GByte to the market.The triple-player disc is positioned as "high-end" option and will compete with the 50 GByte version of Sony's Blu-ray disc. According to Toshiba, the new media use the same structure as the other HD DVDs. "Triple-layer discs can be easily produced by back-to-back bonding of a 0.6 mm-thick dual-layer disc and a single-layer 0.6 mm disc," Toshiba said. Each layer stores 15 GByte of data. [/quote]
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