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HD-DVD Soon to die, toshiba to quit backing it.

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x3060

A LOTR fan
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

hmm . . thats one end of war for now . . soon something else will start .
 

Zeeshan Quireshi

C# Be Sharp !
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

I think All-Digital Movie Downloads will be the real winners in 5 Years .

Blu-Ray only for Data Backup n stuff . But Downloads will be the standard to deliver HD movies .
 

baccilus

Cyborg Agent
Last nail on the coffin for HD-DVD ??

Read this and you will know what I mean:
Toshiba Corp. will end production of HD DVD products following a round of support for Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray dsdic format, according to a new report.NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp. on Sat. said that Toshiba will continue to sell HD DVD products in the interim, however it will close DVD factories in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan.
The report follows a rash of announcements from Wal-Mart stores, Netflix Inc. and Best Buy Co. Inc. that it will back Blu-ray disc over HD DVD.
HD DVD has held a tense war between Blu-ray disc at retail for high-definition royalties.
The Blu-ray disc camped scored a coup in Jan. when Warner Bros. announced it will produce new high-definition content exclusively on Blu-ray.
Blu-ray player sales recorded an 82 percent share in the week ending Jan. 27. HD DVD recorded the remaining 18 percent, according to data from Nielsen VideoScan. Major retailers this week are offering steep discounts on HD DVD products.
Amazon.com this week began offering a 'Buy 2 Get 1 Free' promotion on a wide range of HD DVD titles.
Additionally, it is promoting a 3-for-2 sale on Blu-ray disc titles.
Best Buy last week offered a 'Buy 1 Get 1 Free' promo on select HD DVD titles.
Finally, Walmart.com this week held a clearance on a stand-alone HD DVD player. It also discontinued Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 HD DVD Player to online customers.
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slugger

Banned
Re: Last nail on the coffin for HD-DVD ??

late in reportin it buddy

requestin mods to merge it with the other trhread

REPORTIN
 

RCuber

The Mighty Unkel!!!
Staff member
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

^^ iTunes Store already provides HD Movies ;) and Blu-Ray will still be used to provide HD movies.. main reason .. many may not have computer at all.. :p, also HD is ment to be seen on large Displays, so a standalone player + a HDTV will be the next wave if not it already started :)
 

slugger

Banned
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

I think All-Digital Movie Downloads will be the real winners in 5 Years .

Blu-Ray only for Data Backup n stuff . But Downloads will be the standard to deliver HD movies .

5 yrs a too less a time frame to completely do away with optical discs for movie distribution, even by western standards

and in India ......:rolleyes:
 

goobimama

 Macboy
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

Yeah. I don't think there's going to be another format after blu ray for consumers. What does a consumer have after all?
Movies? - Can rent them off an online store (at least in 6-7 years this will be a complete reality)
Music? - Online
Photos? - Flickr (AppleTV has already shown that you don't need to have your pictures on your hard drive.)
Documents? - Online storage.

I can only see professionals and corporates using media as a form of backup and such.
 

baccilus

Cyborg Agent
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

5 yrs a too less a time frame to completely do away with optical discs for movie distribution, even by western standards

and in India ......:rolleyes:
Just think of where we were in 2003 in terms of internet and computers and you will realise that this is not such an impossible thing.
BTW I posted this too somewhere without checking out this thread.
 

slugger

Banned
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

looks like Toshiba is not goin to give up so easily

Toshiba Bets on Chinese HD DVD Format

The establishment of the China High Definition DVD (CH-DVD) format is one of the few weapons left for Toshiba against rival Sony, at a time where the high-def format war seems to phase out.

Backed by the DVD Forum, Toshiba has been actively preparing the Chinese market for the introduction of the Chinese version of HD DVD in mainland China. The company together with some global HD DVD backers and Chinese companies set up the China High Definition DVD Industry Association on September 7, 2007, in an attempt to promote the mass production of China High Definition DVD (CH-DVD).

But the beginning of 2008 turned out to be unfortunate for the Japanese company, with major studio Warner Bros. jumping to the Blu-ray Disc camp and leaving the competing HD DVD format with a dwindling base of Hollywood support.

Although the lack of HD DVD film content could eventually not allow the HD DVD to establish itself in the major Chinese market, Toshiba may still have some have some chances through the China High Definition DVD.

The basic advantage of the HD DVD format over the rival Blu-ray is the lowest prices of the players. The goal for the CH-DVD format is to maintain lower production costs of the upcoming HD-DVD players than the imported Sony and Pioneer-branded Blu-ray devices. Towards this direction, the China High Definition DVD Industry Association is examining the possibilities to integrate the Audio and Video Coding Standard (AVS) in the HD DVD player decoder chip.

Plenty of domestic companies in the China High Definition DVD Industry Association are preparing to rollout HD DVD players during 2008. Some of the products, priced at no more than CNY 3,000 ($418), will be available in the market in the coming March, according to Lu Da, an official of the Optical Memory National Engineering Research Center (OMNERC).

On the other hand, the Blu-ray camp has also tried to enter the Chinese market. Pioneer-branded Blu-ray players have been provided to Chinese customers since the past year. However, the pricey CNY 14,800 ($2,058) has kept any potential buyers away. Since January 24, 2008, the first CNY 4,990 ($694) Blu-ray DVD player catering for the Chinese customers, launched by Blu-ray backer Sony, has been available on the shelves of the leading Chinese household appliance retailers.

The Toshiba brand is expected to keep aloof from the Chinese HD DVD player market, said Toshiba China Co., Ltd. last week, according to a report on Sinocast China business directory. This means that the largest HD-DVD player supporter is not going to make a foray into the Chinese market in order not to affect the sales of the Chinese manufacturers.

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praka123

left this forum longback
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

I hope this CH-DVD will be drm free unlike other 2 formats :p
 

iamtheone

Journeyman
Re: Last nail on the coffin for HD-DVD ??

old news buddy....the previous thread is still on the first place....
REPORTED
 

ax3

Cool as a CUCUMBAR ! ! !
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

blue ray was always ahead of hd dvd in market .....
 

iMav

The Devil's Advocate
Re: Wal-Mart says tata to HD DVD format

engadget said:
Two years and 1 month ago today we saw the kibosh come down on the Xbox 360 Blu-ray player rumor. This morning it returns with the prospect of a Microsoft player as early as May. According to Smarthouse, their "insiders at Microsoft" claim that a standalone Blu-ray player is already working in-house. With the appropriate approvals it could be on sale within 3 months.

A 360 with built-in Blu-ray is also being worked on although the possibility of moving it out to retail is less clear with HD downloads on the horizon. Not that any of this is unexpected given the circumstances.

We never expected Microsoft to go down with the HD DVD ship -- they're just passengers on this ill-fated voyage, not the captains.

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sachin_kothari

Ambassador of Buzz
Toshiba Quits HD DVD Business

Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video.

"We concluded that a swift decision would be best," Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida told reporters at his company's Tokyo offices.

The move would make Blu-ray -- backed by Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, and five major Hollywood movie studios -- the winner in the battle over high-definition DVD formatting that began several years ago.


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RCuber

The Mighty Unkel!!!
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Re: Toshiba Quits HD DVD Business

Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses

TOKYO--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.

HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.

"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."
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