Toshiba's future after HD DVD

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I just posted the article Toshiba’s future after HD DVD.

It took three years to end the format war and now we can finally declare a winner. But it was definately not the consumer that chose Blu-ray over HD DVD, it was the industry that made all the…

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#2

Of course they’re going to say that, they just got their asses kicked. If this format war has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no such thing as loyalty. The almighty buck rules. They’ll be making Blu-ray players by August, if not sooner.


#3

Wise decision. The future is solid state memories (Toshiba-SanDisk joint venture) without moving mechanics. Optical HD media are simply too vulnerable, fragile, unreliable. The media industry is moving away from physical distribution anyway.


#4

“But it was definately not the consumer that chose Blu-ray over HD DVD, it was the industry that made all the choices.” BS, some of it was but the industry made their descision based on consumer choice/purchases/polls and the overall technology behind this format. They realized 3 years is long enough and that it wasn’t good for the consumer because not everyone was going to dive in until there was a clear winner, which needed to happen in order for the industry and consumers to move forward. And now we can.
This message was edited at: 20-02-2008 20:54


#5

Toshiba will become a big winner if they start producing x264 players that play also DVDs and are consumer friendly (play both PAL and NTSC DVDs are easily region free hackable, and upscale DVDs to 1080p as well their HD DVD players). Their HD DVD players distributed in the USA do not play PAL DVDs and are not region free hackable. Additionally such players should cost around $100. If they develop such players they will knock down SONY.


#6

They will make blu-ray players eventually, just as Sony made VHS players after the betamax format lost the war. Sony did at least score some points in the pro cam market where betamax is very successful.


#7

HEY. The CONSUMER CHOOSE BLU-RAY. Always HAD. I ONLY BOUGHT Blu-Ray movies. Fcuk HD DVD, stupid half capacity crap. Tosh has all the hardware, they only need a proper laser installed, and they can produce BD Players for the GOOD SIDE. The Blu Side. 2008 is gonna be a great, sunny and awesome blu year


#8

“Toshiba will become a big winner if they start producing x264 players that play also DVDs and are consumer friendly” Yep. Its the best way the tosh could screw over sony, blu and more so the industry. And they have a right to do that, as the real reason for choosing blu was tougher DRM plus region coding. They couldnt care less what consumer wanted (and started to buy in increasing numbers.) So what would now stop toshiba from making a player that handles 1080p .264 and vc1 individual files (read - blu rips) and able to handle large HDD storage via usb. :slight_smile: Blu rentals grow, the consumer is ecstatic and those who dont want to respect fair use rights get f-ed. :S