HD-DVD officially discontinued by Toshiba

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Feb 19, 2008
  1. raulpica
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    Today Toshiba announced that the HD-DVD players and recorders production will cease by March 2008.

    Here's the official press release by Toshiba:
    Source: Toshiba

    Goodbye, HD-DVD...
    So... Blu-Ray, here you go.
     
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    Doesn't change the fact that Blu-ray doesn't follow its own specs properly. I hope HD-DVD won't die...
     
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    Yeah, I don't like Blu-Ray because of that.

    Toshiba was the main supporter of HD-DVD and if they officially dropped it... It is good as dead... [​IMG]
     
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    Unlucky to those who bought HD DVD players...

    Will Xbox 360 be getting a Blu-Ray drive now?
     
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    Speculations say that Microsoft already has a working Blu-Ray addon prototype for X360 ready, and that will be launched in 3 months.

    Other speculations say that a new Xbox360 revision will be out in May 2008 and it will come with a Blu-Ray unit instead of the traditional DVD ones.
     
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    Looks like bluray wins because of PS3
     
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    I don't know why you'd buy a standalone Bluray player - they cost as much or more than a PS3. Thank goodness this stupid war is over... but I'm not looking forward to Bluray DRM.
     
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    Now, the war between DVD and BR can begin...
    Oh, wait, meanwhile, everybody was watching their torrented divxes.
     
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    Blu-Ray wins because it has better DRM. This is great fo the companies, and bad for consumers. The disks cost more, the players cost more, they keep updating the standard so only the PS3 can play all BD disks.
     
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    So the consumer loses and Sony and the other bad evil companies win... Everything's clear now [​IMG]
     
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    Even though it became obvious to me that HD-DVD was losing the battle in the last few months, when the war started, I really thought HD-DVD would win regardless of technical specs.

    I figured it would win simply because HD-DVD and HDTV sounded better together and people would relate to it better. Blu-Ray sounds like sunglasses or something.

    So now, all the early-adopters who bought HD-DVD players are screwed and now have what I like to call a "tree lawn compatible" device. Don't you feel special knowing the format you chose is now dead only months after buying into it? Do you think any of the companies that produced those units even care about all the people that just got burned? Nope.


    And they wonder why people just pirate everything they can nowadays. [​IMG]
     
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    hd dvd buyers should file a lawsuit. i would if my purchase became obsolete so quickly
     
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    Thats pretty much a lie. Microsoft isnt working on the Blue-Ray Add on Player for the Xbox 360. Why? Because whatever Sony makes, ya they celebrate for awhile, then after a few months or even years, they die out. Its cause they never "share" there products. They keep it to there selfs. If they started working with Sony and Microsoft, it wont work out. One or the other will be spying on eachother. And it will pretty much start like a war. Not literally but yea.

    Dont put your hopes up for Blue-Ray Add On for Xbox 360.
     
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    Actually, now is the time to buy up HDDVD stuff. It's going to be so discounted, it'll provide hours of entertainment. There are already sales around sites for buy-one-get-one-free, next we'll see the $5 bins filled with them. You can buy 80 $5 movies for the price of one bluray player. Maybe, by the time you watch all those, the prices of players/movies will be down to a reasonable level...

    Do PS3s and Bluray players play standard CDs/DVDs also? I wasn't sure how compatible the technology was with the old-fashioned stuff like that.
     
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    I'd just go with the x264 rip if I want HD movies.
     

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