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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: http://news.yahoo...)

(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.


Blu-ray Player Prices Hit 2008 Highs

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 10:38 AM | Wednesday, March 12, 2008 | (url: http://www.tgdail...)

Pricewatch - Blu-ray Disc players from Samsung, Sony and Sharp are now the most expensive they have been all year, presumably because HD DVD's exit from the high-def disc arena has removed some of Blu-ray's pricing pressure.

Make way for another corporate reaming...


Universal Goes Blu

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 03:48 PM | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | (url: http://www.highde...)

Universal publicly announced their switch to the Bluray format.


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.


Wal-Mart Phasing Out HD-DVD

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 03:23 PM | Friday, February 15, 2008 | (url: http://www.highde...)

The nation's top retailer will phase out its HD DVD support by early summer.

That's the official word this morning from Wal-Mart, first announced on the company's gadget blog, CheckOut.com.

According to Wal-Mart execs, the company will begin emphasizing Blu-ray in both brick-and-mortar stores and online over the next thirty days, with plans to completely phase out HD DVD movie and hardware sales by June 2008. The company will continue to sell DVDs and standard-definition hardware.

GG


HD-DVD Responds to Netflix, Best Buy

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 12:48 PM | Tuesday, February 12, 2008 | (url: http://www.highde...)

We have long held the belief that HD DVD is the best format for consumers based on quality and value, and with more than 1 million HD DVD players on the market, it's unfortunate to see Netflix make the decision to only stock Blu-ray titles going forward. While the Best Buy announcement says they will recommend Blu-ray, at least they will continue to carry HD DVD and offer consumers a choice at retail.

vab nothing left to prove


Netflix to go Blu-Ray only

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 01:58 PM | Monday, February 11, 2008 | (url: http://www.reuter...)

what can only be classified as yet another crushing blow to the embattled HD DVD camp, rent-by-mail giant Netflix has just announced its intention to only stock Blu-ray titles in the future. Netflix justified its decision by pointing out the fact that most Hollywood studios seem to be converging solely around the Sony-backed format -- a fact that's all too familiar to Toshiba and friends.


Blu-ray to win in 2008, HD DVD price cuts are "useless resistance"

Submitted by: GlassShadow @ 04:35 PM | Monday, January 28, 2008 | (url: http://www.engadg...)


Gartner, the fat lady of research firms, is singing HD DVD's swan song this morning.
"Gartner believes that Toshiba's price-cutting may prolong HD DVD's life a little, but the limited line-up of film titles will inflict fatal damage on the format." ... "Gartner expects that, by the end of 2008, Blu-ray will be the winning format in the consumer market, and the war will be over."


Sony Pays $520 Million to Warner/Fox

Submitted by: ExarKun @ 10:57 PM | Monday, January 14, 2008 | (url: http://gizmodo.co...)

Warner actually wanted to go HD DVD. They gave Toshiba the chance to bring another studio into the HD DVD camp before they turned Blu. Fox was lined up, and told the HD DVD camp it was going to switch to HD DVD, which would've also turned Warner exclusively HD DVD. At the last possible minute, it nixed the deal.

Lindich says it's because Fox received a reported $120 million payout from Sony to stay Blu-rayWarner then switched and received between $400 and $500 million for its defection. BW says it's closer to $400 million. In our phone call with Warner Kevin Tsujihara said it wasn't a bidding war that brought them overthat's true, in the words of Ben Kenobi, from a certain point of view.


Toshiba Dropping HD DVD Prices

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:21 PM | Monday, January 14, 2008 | (url: http://www.prnews...)

HD DVD's response to being unceremoniously jilted by Warner going into CES was ... nothing. A canceled press conference, downtrodden Toshiba press conference and rumors of further losses left great doubt that red had anything left in 2008, but now HD DVD is firing back.


Universal ends HD-DVD support.

Submitted by: Darmok & Jalad @ 09:23 AM | Friday, January 11, 2008 | (url: http://www.variet...)

Daily Variety has confirmed that Universal's commitment to backing HD DVD exclusively has ended.

this is the end


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.