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Blu-Ray Wins, Toshiba Quits with HD-DVD!!!!

TOKYO (AP) — 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 (SNE)., 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. – CNN Money

There it is, Blu-ray wins. If anyone remembers I said that HD-DVD won’t go away until August. Well, I was wrong and for the first time I’m happy about it. Blu-ray is indeed the winner of this format war and I knew that from the very beginning. I just have one question for my self, what the heck am I gonna do with my HD-DVD player in my Acer Ferrari? I have no clue. It’s a good thing I have a PS3 or else I would be disappointed. So, congrats to Sony for succeeding and giving the consumers what they want, congrats to Toshiba for trying.

Nishida said last month’s decision by Warner Bros. Entertainment to release movie discs only in the Blu-ray format made the move inevitable.

“That had tremendous impact,” he said. “If we had continued, that would have created problems for consumers, and we simply had no chance to win.”

Warner joined Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Co (DIS, Fortune 500). and News Corp.’s (NWS, Fortune 500) Twentieth Century Fox in that move.

Nishida said his company had confidence in HD DVD as a technology and tried to assure the estimated 1 million people, including some 600,000 people in North America, who already bought HD DVD machines by promising that Toshiba will continue to provide product support for the technology.

Both HD DVD and Blu-ray deliver crisp, clear high-definition pictures and sound, which are more detailed and vivid than existing video technology. They are incompatible with each other, and neither plays on older DVD players. But both formats play on high-definition TVs. – CNN Money

Yeah, but they forgot to mention that Blu-ray sounds cooler than just HD-DVD.

HD DVD was touted as being cheaper because it was more similar to previous video technology, while Blu-ray boasted bigger recording capacity.

Only one video format has been expected to emerge as the victor, much like VHS trumped Sony’s Betamax in the video format battle of the 1980s.

Nishida said it was still uncertain what will happen with the Hollywood studios that signed to produce HD DVD movies, including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation (DWA).

Toshiba’s pulling the plug on the technology is expected to reduce the number of new high-definition movies that people will be able to watch on HD DVD machines. Toshiba Corp. said shipments of HD DVD machines to retailers will be reduced and will stop by end of March. – CNN Money

What do you think about this? 🙂

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