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HD-DVD dead as Toshiba confirms format war exit

Toshiba has announced that it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD-DVD players and recorders – leaving the way clear for Blu-Ray to become the dominant high definition DVD format. The firm will cease shipments of HD-DVD players and recorders into retail by the end of March. It also …

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Blu-Ray promotions step up a gear

Though the final official confirmation is not expected to arrive until tomorrow , it seems that the world has accepted that the long-fought hi-def format war is at and end – and US retailers are reacting quickly to the news. Reuters reports that many leading North American retailers, such as …

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Toshiba refuses to confirm HD-DVD death

Toshiba has refused to officially confirm that its HD-DVD format is dead following reports over the weekend that it is to scrap the technology – though confirmation is still expected to arrive shortly. A statement from the firm read: "The media reported that Toshiba will discontinue its HD DVD business. …

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Toshiba scraps HD-DVD as hi-def war ends

It’s official – the hi-def format war is over, with news of Toshiba’s decision to cease production of HD-DVD equipment, handing victory to Sony’s Blu-Ray technology. Reuters reports that the news was broken by Japanese broadcaster NHK, with the outlet predicting that Toshiba’s losses could amount to hundreds of millions …

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European Blu-Ray sales hit 2m

Europe has bought 2.37 million Blu-Ray disks since the format went on sale in 2006, achieving the landmark figure faster than it took standard DVD to when it first appeared in 1997. The news comes just three months after the format broke the one million European sales mark in November …

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Best Buy latest to strike HD-DVD blow

It just gets worse for HD-DVD in North America – leading national retailer Best Buy has now said that it is to encourage the uptake of Sony’s hi-def Blu-Ray disc format in its stores. The news comes just a day after giant US rental firm Netflix declared that it is …

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Now Netflix abandons HD-DVD

In a further blow to Toshiba’s beleaguered HD-DVD hi-def disc format, giant US DVD rental service Netflix has announced that it to phase out the format this year in favour of Sony’s Blu-Ray format. Tech blog Engadget says the mail rental service cites the dissipating studio support of HD-DVD as …

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US: 360 HD-DVD price slashed

With many predicting that the hi-def DVD war is fast approaching an end, and an end that will be marked with a Blu-Ray victory, Microsoft has slashed the price of its HD-DVD Xbox 360 drive in North America to $129.99. This represents a discount of $50 – and means that …

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National Geographic drops HD-DVD

Sky News reports that National Geographic is to drop the HD DVD format in favour of rival hi-def format, Blu-Ray. National Geographic, along with New Line Home Entertainment, HBO Home Video and BBC Home Video, are all distributed under the Warner umbrella. Warner announced it was to drop HD DVD …

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Toshiba responds to Woolworths HD-DVD cull

Toshiba has spoken out in response to Woolworths’ announcement that it is to phase out HD-DVD from its stores in March. The retailer revealed today that it would only sell the format via its website in future, after Blu-Ray outsold HD-DVD by ten-to-one in its stores over Christmas. European assistant …

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