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February 19, 2008

Say goodbye to HD DVD

Sony’s Blu-ray won the high definition DVD format fight when Toshiba threw in the towel today on its HD DVD format:

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.

“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.

Toshiba will begin to reduce shipments of HD DVD players and recorders to retail channels, aiming for cessation of these businesses by the end of March 2008. Toshiba also plans to end volume production of HD DVD disk drives for such applications as PCs and games in the same timeframe, yet will continue to make efforts to meet customer requirements. The company will continue to assess the position of notebook PCs with integrated HD DVD drives within the overall PC business relative to future market demand.

Longtime Toshiba ally Universal Studios also announced that they would become exclusively Blu-ray and you can expect everyone else to follow suit except for a few exceptions like LG Electronics who said that they will continue to ship dual format players for a while.

Posted at 7:44 pm. Filed under Blu-ray, Companies, HD DVD, LG, Sony, Storage, Toshiba

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Old Blu-ray players broken by new titles

This is the kind of thing that early adopters who forked over big bucks to get in early just love to hear – New Blu-ray Features Freeze Older Players; Updates Coming:


Posted at 9:44 pm. Filed under Blu-ray, Companies, HD DVD, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Storage

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July 17, 2007

LG introduces L206WU 20" USB-connected display in the USA

LG is one of the manufacturers experimenting with computer monitors connected via USB 2.0 and they have teamed up with DisplayLink to launch their first one, the L206WU, in the USA:


Posted at 1:18 am. Filed under Companies, Displays, LCD, LG

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