A lot of tech sites are calling the next generation DVD format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD over.
Why now ? Well, we all knew the HD-DVD camp were on their last legs, with companies jumping ship, left, right and centre. The main driving force behind the format, Toshiba, has reportedly confirmed they will drop their support for HD-DVD.
Now I’m yet to see an official announcement from Toshiba on this, so I wouldn’t take this as golden. What is for sure though, if Toshiba does indeed drop support, the HD-DVD experiment sure was a costly one. Estimations are in the hundreds of millions.
Those left in the HD-DVD group still include some big names, Canon, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Kenwood, Lenovo, Microsoft, NEC, Sanyo, Teac, Ulead. So although it sounds bad for the future of HD-DVD, the HD-DVD group would have to meet and officially withdraw.
Those left with HD-DVD drives and discs should still expect support for the life of the product.
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