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US: Warner launches HD-DVD for Blu-ray trade deal

Disgruntled HD-DVD customers in the US are being offered the chance to modernise their film collection thanks to Warner and a new scheme entitled Red2Blu, Home Cinema Choice reports. Owners of HD-DVD discs will be able to mail up to 25 sleeve inserts to Warner, who will in turn send …

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Report: Blu-Ray too reliant on PS3

Blu-Ray may have consigned HD-DVD to history’s rubbish bin , but it may still struggle to replace the traditional DVD format – not least because the format’s market is too ‘heavily titled’ towards PS3. That’s according to research firm ABI, which notes that consumer take-up of non-PS3 Blu-Ray players has …

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Microsoft: Forget HD-DVD the future is digital distribution

Speaking to UK newspaper The Guardian , UK Xbox boss Neil Thompson has insisted that his company did not back the wrong horse when it supported Toshiba and its HD-DVD high definition disc format. "The horse that we’re fundamentally backing is the one that says the future of entertainment content …

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Blu-Ray prices hit new high

Samsung, Sony and Sharp are selling Blu-ray players for the highest prices all year, following what is generally considered the demise of rival format HD-DVD, according to a price comparison on Tom’s Hardware . Advocate vendors of Blu-ray dropped prices of players earlier this year, in a move which put …

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Xbox 360 HD-DVD player discontinued

Following Toshiba’s decision to cease development and production of HD-DVD equipment, Microsoft has now confirmed that manufacturing of its HD-DVD add-on for Xbox 360 is also to end. A statement from the firm read: ”As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to …

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Unanimous studio backing for Blu-Ray

With HD-DVD now officially dead and buried, the final former backer’s of Toshiba’s disc technology have now officially pitched their flags in the Blu-Ray camp. Reuters reports that Paramount, the last outfit to confirm its intentions, quietly issued a statement earlier this week claiming: "We are pleased that the industry …

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Xbox 360 sells 18m worldwide

Microsoft’s GDC keynote speaker, John Schappert, has claimed that the 360 has sold more than 18 million units worldwide. Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Live, Software and Services said: "I think that we’ve sold 18 million, the last time I’ve checked. 18 million hardware …

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Struggles will continue for Blu-Ray, analyst claims

Analyst firm Strategy Analytics has stated that although the battle has been won , the war is far from over for Sony’s hi-def disc format Blu-Ray. Though Blu-Ray now has a clear run in the hi-def battleground, convincing consumers who already boast extensive DVD collections to switch to a new …

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Microsoft: HD-DVD will have no impact on 360

Following the news that Toshiba has dropped the guillotine on its struggling HD-DVD format, Microsoft has said that it doesn’t believe the decision will have any impact on the next-gen console battle. "We do not believe the recent reports about HD-DVD will have any material impact on the Xbox 360 …

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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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