Confirmed: Toshiba have stopped HD DVD production

Toshiba have now confirmed they are ceasing all HD DVD production.

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Reports are starting to come in that Toshiba have announced they are suspending all HD DVD hardware production. Japanese news channel NHK have run the story today that Toshiba will cease hardware production, but are going to continue selling remaining stocks and supporting the players that are already on the market.

If these rumours prove to be true (and it is looking likely), this will be the end of HD DVD. Toshiba account for almost all HD DVD hardware sales and other than the X-Box 360 HD DVD drive, they are the main hardware driving force in the market. With no new hardware in production, it can only be a matter of days or weeks before we see Universal and Paramount making similar announcements.

One Response to “Confirmed: Toshiba have stopped HD DVD production”

  1. Gizmo Says:

    This is the death-knell then? A natural successor to the DVD format, agreed on by the DVD Forum and then stabbed in the back by a maniacal corporation who have long memories and, above all else, desire power and control.

    Having seen the way Sony treated their loyal consumers with the over-priced, under-supported PS3, and knowing the relish with which the Sony Corporation protect their ‘intellectual properties’ (Lik Sang anyone?) and the likely relish with which they will pursue this (rigidly enforced region coding, hellish DRM and harassing and closing down grey importers), the only good thing to come out of this is that I can now go down the shops and buy up a blu-ray player safe in the knowledge I have both bought the successor to DVD and will have a nice player that will be 100% compatible with all blu-ray releases, current and future.

    What’s that you say, I can’t even do that as the current players aren’t even finished……

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