Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Toshiba loses another battle in the tech world

Toshiba gave up on their dream of owning the technology that will supercede the conventional DVD format. Their HD DVD was more backward compatible and perhaps more reliable than the rival Blu-Ray DVD from Sony, but the Sony technology was superior in performance and had the market connections to make some very desirable titles available ONLY in Blu-Ray. The later ultimately made the difference when Warner joined the Blu-Ray-only distribution network, thereby killing the HD DVD.

By ceasing all production at the end of their fiscal year (March 2008), Toshiba is taking a huge loss and stranding some customers much as it happened with Sony Betamax video cassette users in the 1980's.

Well, now I can go out and buy an HD DVD player....


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