Toshiba delays release of first HD DVD players

By Derek Sooman on December 14, 2005, 1:36 PM
Could this be the first sign of real trouble for Toshiba on the front lines of the next generation DVD format war? Reports are surfacing that Toshiba is delaying the release of the first HD DVD players, and that the launch will not happen now until early next year. Hopes for a Xmas release of the players have now come to nothing, it seems.

Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Disc camp seems to be acting like it has already won the war. With 90 per cent of consumer electronics firms and seven movie studios now backing Blu-ray, things are looking good for that format at present. But is the war really over?

'There's no format war looming because it's not Blu-ray versus HD DVD,' according to Andy Parson, senior vice president of Advanced Product Development for Pioneer Electronics, a leading Blu-ray backer. 'It's simply Blu-ray versus standard DVD.'
How exactly this will all work out certainly remains to be seen. Itís without a doubt that both sides have heavily invested time and money in their respective formats, and itís unlikely that either will give up without a huge fight for the hearts and minds of consumers.

The first Blu-ray devices will be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and will be available to buy in the spring of next year.




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MarkSizzle said:
Honestly I think that Blu-ray will have the slight edge (if not larger) over HD DVD players. The reason I think this is because it has 90% of electronics and seven movie studios (as told in the article). If that is not enough they have Sony with the PS3 if that is not already a part of the figures I just listed. Anyone care to comment?
iantony said:
I wonder why so many movie studios are backing Blue Ray? Possibly they think it is a more secure format for protecting against piracy (and I believe the delay with the Toshiba product is directly related to copy protection issues). I wonder what this will mean for legitimate users of Blue Ray discs. As the movie studios are there to provide the content for any new format, I imagine that the consumer eletronic firms have to listen carefully to what they say. [quote]'There's no format war looming because it's not Blu-ray versus HD DVD,' according to Andy Parson, senior vice president of Advanced Product Development for Pioneer Electronics, a leading Blu-ray backer. 'It's simply Blu-ray versus standard DVD.'[/quote]Oh yeah, that guy is really objective isn't he?Personally I think this one is still too early to call, and I imagine there are many vested interests in seeing HD-DVD fail for one reason or another.[Edited by iantony on 2005-12-14 18:50:03][Edited by iantony on 2005-12-14 18:52:55]
Mofoed said:
Seems like BluRay is getting a good lead in this battle especially from this article: [url]http://news.designtechnica.com/featured_article35.html[
url]Just with the PS3 alone BlueRay might win but we shall see.
Kev_Boy said:
The main advantages HD DVD had were: An earlier release & cheaper production costs.Now with one of these 2 gone or almost gone, I don't forsee much good for them. And obviously 'a little something' called Playstation 3 won't help ;)But regardless of who wins.. both'll have to keep their eyes peeled for that holographic disc, because if that comes to market sooner than expected and cheap enough within a reasonable timeframe, I think that'll snuff both HD and Blu-Ray.
mentaljedi said:
i have a feeling Blu-ray will do better than HD. Not only because of the PS3 (that's how i heard about it), but generally because of the bigger hype that's surrounded its release.
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