• Epic fail? Blu-ray sales not doing so well

    My brother told me that HD DVD died a few months ago because I hadn’t heard or read anything about the format war, but Blu-ray still ain’t doing so hot. And by “doing so hot,” I mean selling any better than it did when it was still entrenched in the utterly pointless war. From January to February, Blu-ray sales plummeted some 40 percent, only to get a slight bump… Read More

  • Toshiba takes 95% loss in profits due to HD DVD failure

    The fallout from the now-over Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war is still coming, with Toshiba suffering a 95% loss in profits this quarter, most of it attributed to the failure of HD DVD as the format of choice for next-gen disc players. Samsung, meanwhile, is showing a 37% increase in profits, mostly from mobile phones and LCDs. For Toshiba, it wasn’t just the licensing, but the loss of HD… Read More

  • Shane Kim, VP Microsoft Game Studios, still

    In an interview with Game Daily, Shane Kim professes his love for HD DVD, what MS is doing to ensure the next gen Xbox doesn’t have RROD issues, DRM issues and why they’re not in the market to swoop up Take-Two. While it is unfortunate that HD DVD was discontinued, there is still enjoyment to be had from your Xbox 360 HD DVD Player. You can take this as an opportunity to build… Read More

  • Amazon is $50 worth of sorry for your HD-DVD player purchase

    Those sports at Amazon understand “new technologies don’t always work out as planned.” Or rather, they don’t work out as Toshiba planned. I have a feeling this is how Sony planned it all along. In any case, if you bought one of those bargain HD-DVD players after February 23rd, help yourself to $50 worth of stuff from Amazon. Personally, I’d be buying the Planet… Read More

  • CrunchArcade: Xbox 360 HD DVD player gets an update

    So those of you with the Xbox 360 HD DVD player will be getting an update the next time you watch a flick while you’re logged into Live. The update will add support for network features and certain titles will get compatibility improvements, but specific titles were not divulged. If you don’t have acces to Live then you can get the download from here. Thanks for the update… Read More

  • Wal*Mart feels bad for you, HD DVD owners

    Attention HD DVD purchasers, If you were suckered into getting an HD DVD player from Wal*Mart on or after November 1 then you are entitled to a full refund, I think it’s a full refund, so long as you have your receipt. That is all. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Circuit City discounting HD DVDs by 50%

    TG Daily is reporting that Circuit City has begun spring-cleaning on HD DVDs by offering them with discounts up to 50 percent. Can anyone confirm this? Read More

  • RIP HD DVD promotions group

    It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. It’s just now official. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Best Buy selling HD DVDs for $10

    I haven’t been to my local Best Buy, but it’s being reported that some are clearing out stock or sending them back to publishers. One location in Dublin, CA has discounted all HD DVD movies to $10 with TV shows discounted at 70 percent. While two locations in Chicago have pulled all HD DVD discs and put them in back to be shipped out. I better get my copy of “I Am… Read More

  • CrunchDeals? Get two free HD DVDs when you buy a Blu-ray/HD DVD combo player and two Blu-ray discs

    I’ll leave this up to you as to whether or not you consider this a good deal. In light of what retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City are offering to HD DVD refugees, Amazon’s decided to get in on the good-will action by offering the following; “For a limited time, receive two HD DVDs from the list below for free when you buy the Samsung BD-UP5000 1080p HD-DVD Blu-Ray… Read More

  • Innovation: New Blu-ray standard mandates Internet connectivity (like HD DVD had at launch)

    Flickr’d Now with HD DVD out of the picture, the Blu-ray camp is free to promote the format’s cutting edge technology, no matter how dull that edge may be. USA Today has a puff piece today on Blu-ray’s upcoming Profile 2.0, known colloquially as BD-Live. The new standard, which is scheduled to debut this fall, requires that Blu-ray players… Read More

  • Best Buy will give HD DVD buyers $50 gift card

    Flickr’d Best Buy joins Circuit City (and a Japanese retailer) in giving customers who fell for that whole HD DVD scam a little something for their troubles. The electronics retailer will send a $50 gift card to everyone who purchased an HD DVD player (by February 23) from it. The cards, which won’t expire, can be spent on anything in the store. Read More

  • Toshiba's HD DVD loss not quite $1 billion

    Previous rumors indicated that Toshiba would eat a $1 billion loss from the demise of HD DVD, but that seemed to have been exaggerated as Toshi has reported a loss of $653 million. They’re still turning a profit this year, though. Toshiba Cuts Profit Target 31% on Chip Prices, HD DVD (Update2) [Bloomberg] Read More

  • 'Batman Begins' out on Blu-ray this summer

    Two versions of WB’s hit ‘Batman Begins’ will be rereleased this July on Blu-ray. The HD DVD version was released in October of 2006 and Warner held back a Blu-ray version because the format was unable to support the “In-Movie Experience” PIP feature. HD DVD never had that problem. Along with a standard Blu-ray version there will be a “Limited Edition… Read More

  • Toshiba eats 100 billion yen on HD DVD demise

    Toshiba has posted a profit of 250 billion yen, but it could have tacked on another 50 billion to that total had it not been for the demise of HD DVD. The company was already slated to post a 50 billion yen loss for the year, but the demise of its high-def format means production lines changes and other augmentations, which will amount to a 100 billion yen ($1 billion US) loss. I’m… Read More

  • With HD DVD vanquished, Blu-Ray player prices inflate

    Let the chiseling begin! I think we all saw this coming: now that Blu-Ray has no competition, the distributors can raise prices back to what they probably should have been in the first place. As you can see in the chart above (courtesy of/shamelessly stolen from Tom’s Hardware), every company but LG has raised the average price of their player by $75-100 from what it cost at or near… Read More

  • Ballmer wants to move on from HD-DVD, support Blu-Ray

    I guess he’s a pretty realistic guy. He acknowledges that “the world moves on,” and of course so have the manufacturers and buyers. He says they’ve already been working on driver support and the like, and his comments put weight behind expectations that Microsoft will release a Blu-Ray peripheral for the 360. MS and Sony are already in talks, so it seems like a sure… Read More

  • Employee claims Circuit City will let you exchange your HD DVD player for Blu-ray

    [photopress:ccitybr.jpg,full,center] A little birdie wearing the red of Circuit City whispered into Giz’s ear, saying that the electronics retailer will let consumers exchange their recently purchased HD DVD player for a shiny new Blu-ray one. Only players sold within the last three months qualify—Christmas shoppers would be right on the border of qualification—and Circuit… Read More

  • Paramount's last HD DVD releases due next week; There Will Be Blood on Blu-ray

    [photopress:twbbbr.jpg,full,right] There may be blood, but it won’t be on HD DVD. Paramount clarified earlier reports concerning its upcoming HD DVD release schedule. The final two HD DVD releases will be Into the Wild (anyone see that? Opie seemed to like it.) and Things We Lost in the Fire. They are currently scheduled to be released next week. Paramount isn’t expected to… Read More

  • DreamWorks still not giving up on HD DVD

    Flickr’d Either DreamWorks is stupid or there are some things going on behind closed doors that no one knows about because there’s really no other explanation as to why they’re still clinging to HD DVD. “We have a partnership with Toshiba and have an obligation to see this through,” DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said on Tuesday. “As you know… Read More