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Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi face U.S. antitrust probe

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 05:25 PM | Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | (url: http://www.usatod...)

Japanese electronics giants Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi said Tuesday that their optical disc drive operations are under investigation by U.S. authorities for possible antitrust violations.

Sony said its California-based sales unit Sony Optiarc America has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information for an antitrust probe related to the company's optical disc drive operations.

Company spokesman Chisato Kitsukawa said the company is "fully cooperating with U.S. authorities," and that he could not provide any other details about the case.

Toshiba and Hitachi said they also received similar subpoenas for optical disc drive operations at their subsidiaries, Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology and Hitachi-LG Data Storage They also declined further comment.

Optical disc drives are used in computers and in CD and Blu-ray disc players. The three companies account for about 60% of the market.

Toshiba to Release 512GB SSD in '09

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:02 AM | Friday, December 19, 2008 | (url: http://www.comput...)

Toshiba said today that it will soon offer samples of 512GB solid-state drives (SSDs), which could make their way to laptops and other devices by mid-2009.

Storage capacities of SSDs are doubling every few months, but Toshiba's 512GB version is the highest storage capacity announced for SSDs intended for consumer devices like laptops. Most PC makers today offer 128GB SSDs for laptops, and competitor Samsung recently said it put into mass production 256GB SSDs, which will become available in a few months.

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Analyst: HD DVD demise hasn't meant scramble for Blu-ray

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 07:56 PM | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | (url:

(AP) -- Sales of Blu-ray disc players haven't been helped by maker Toshiba's capitulation over producing the rival HD DVD format, research firm NPD Group said Wednesday.

HD-DVD Shutdown to Cost Toshiba $1 Billion

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:02 AM | Friday, March 14, 2008 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

Reuters reports that Toshiba stands to lose $986 million due to the shut down of its HD-DVD business, according to reports from Japanese media sources. Toshiba cut its losses last month on the HD-DVD movie format thanks to both movie studios and retailers abandoning the format in favor of Blu-Ray. Toshiba has not officially comments on this newest report.

HD-DVD Officially Dead

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 02:36 AM | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | (url: http://www.highde...)

Toshiba announced that it has officially dropped its HD-DVD format ending the format war.

Inside Source: Toshiba about to give up HDDVD

Submitted by: Gundam @ 03:27 PM | Saturday, February 16, 2008 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

Toshiba Corp is planning to give up on its HD DVD format for high definition DVDs, conceding defeat to the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp, a company source said on Saturday.

Disney approves 51 GB HD-DVD Media

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 09:21 PM | Tuesday, November 20, 2007 | (url: http://www.xbitla...)

Walt Disney Home Entertainment, a major Hollywood studio and one of the strongest backers of Blu-ray disc format, voted for approval of a preliminary specification of 51GB triple-layer HD-DVD media back in September.

The fact that Walt Disney Home Entertainment, which official stance has always been strong Blu-ray support, may be an indicator that even members of the Blu-ray Association are potentially interested in the forthcoming versions of the HD DVD standard.

Sony USA CEO says HD War in Stalemate

Submitted by: KillerONE @ 12:29 PM | Friday, November 9, 2007 | (url: http://www.gamesp...)

The Sony USA CEO says that the HD DVD and Blu-ray video formats are locked in a battle neither can win.

Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player: $100, this Friday, Wal-Mart

Submitted by: OtakuMark @ 08:56 AM | Thursday, November 1, 2007 | (url: http://www.engadg...)

Still waiting to jump into the high def disc game? Or just wanted another weaker, cheaper player for the last-gen TV you phased out to your rumpus room? Well, whatever your reasons, some (not all!) Wal-Mart locations will be selling Toshiba HD-A2s for $100 -- down from $200 -- this Friday. Ridiculous, we know.

Toshiba HD-DVD Player Drops to $197.99

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 03:40 PM | Monday, October 29, 2007 | (url: http://www.dailyt...)

The Toshiba HD-A2 is now available for $197.99 at Circuit City, the 5 free CD promotion is still in effect, and a coupon can drop the price even further to $160.00....

5 Free HD-DVD's Offer [PDF]

$40.00 off coupon [PDF]


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Toshiba To Make Xbox 360 HD-DVD Console?

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 05:15 PM | Friday, October 19, 2007 | (url: http://www.smarth...)

Smarthouse is reporting through unnamed sources that Microsoft is working with Toshiba to create a new Xbox 360 console that will include a built in HD-DVD drive. The need for a Xbox 360 with such a disk drive is supposed to counter Sony's use of the rival Blu-Ray player in the PS3 which the sources claim is one of the main reasons people buy a PS3 console. The new console, according to the story, is expected to be released in late 2008 or early 2009.

Sony agrees to sell PS3 chip lines to Toshiba

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 09:14 AM | Thursday, October 18, 2007 | (url: http://money.cnn....)

Sony Corp said Thursday that it had agreed to sell its production lines for the powerful computer chip at the heart of its struggling PlayStation 3 game console to rival Toshiba Corp.

The deal, reportedly worth over one billion dollars, is part of Sony's efforts to recoup its huge investment in the PS3 and stem losses at its game unit in the face of fierce competition from rival Nintendo's Wii.

Sony is now focusing its efforts on reviving its core electronics business including products such as flat-panel televisions and digital cameras.

HD-DVD Players Now Outselling Blu-Ray

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 01:18 PM | Thursday, October 11, 2007 | (url: http://www.videob...)

Toshiba, using NPD Group figures, is claiming HD-DVD set-top players are now outselling Blu-Ray players starting in mid-September. HD-DVD players have traditionally been cheaper than Blu-Ray players and Toshiba will release a $299 HD-DVD set top box this month. Toshiba also said that 5 million HD-DVD drives for desktop and notebook PCs will be sold in their fiscal 2008 year.