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Toshiba Cancels HD-DVD! Format War Over!

  It is over! The format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD has come to an end! On NHK, Japanese TV, a reporter for the channel has made the announcement that Toshiba will halt production of HD-DVD players and conceding a loss to the Blu-ray group. He said that Toshiba will be making the formal announcement within a few days.

   With Blu-ray featuring a commanding lead over HD-DVD worldwide, the choice was beyond obvious. It's estimated that Blu-ray commands 90% of the high-definition market, and with 10 million PlayStation 3s out there, it's certainly a big boost for the format. Additionally, with retailers and studio support dropping left and right, HD-DVD had no ground to stand on anymore. Toshiba will continue to liquidate HD-DVD stock, but production has been officially ended.

   This loss could cost Toshiba an unspecified figure of hundreds of millions US dollars. Hopefully, Toshiba will be able to recooperate much of that loss with their Blu-ray products. As we reported earlier, it looks like Toshiba is planning Blu-ray players of their own to go on sale this Summer.

   Stay posted for more.

2/16/2008 Arnold Katayev

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K Phantom
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 1:23:03 PM
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I think that was bound to happen. The significantly smaller space available was the most important part in their loss. I do feel bad for the people who spent a couple of hundreds for a dead format. I guess they should've done their homework and look for the future. I guess SONY made a good choice choosing Blu. The future is Blu.

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Reccaman18
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 2:20:11 PM
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@ Phantom: They didn't just "choose" Blu ray, they created it with help from panasonic, just like the DVD.

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bamf
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 5:15:16 PM
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I think Phantom did mean it that way and it is Sony's own format, Panasonic is part of the blu-ray association.

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Zapix
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 5:21:08 PM
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Well, this news is a crushing blow to my father who choose HD-DVD, where as I opted for BD in part of my decision when I bought a PS3 instead of an XBOX360. It seemed the obvious choice, and there are few movies released by UNIVERSAL/PARAMOUNT that would matter.

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Reccaman18
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 5:37:37 PM
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lol I just noticed the new PS3 give away features a "Blu" PS3! Coincidence?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 6:07:06 PM

Heh, yeah, it's a coincidence. We ran a poll and Blue was the most popular choice.

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WesBaya
Saturday, February 16, 2008 @ 11:04:52 PM
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Finally!!! I'm just glad it's over.

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Minishmaru
Monday, February 18, 2008 @ 12:07:19 PM
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Does this mean I'll be able to get the Transformers on Blu-ray?!? Cuz even Mr. Bruckheimer said he wanted it on Blu-ray...I think they should...hell it'd make even MORE money so they probably will. Lol...I can just see the commercials now "The Format Wars are over...but theirs(Transformers) are just starting!"

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