• Panasonic's Kozuka: HD DVD died at the hands of Toshiba itself

    [photopress:kozuka_.jpg,full,center] According to Panasonic’s Masayuki Kozuka, HD DVD’s implosion is all Toshiba’s fault. He argues that by flooding the market with cheap, unprofitable players for the holiday season last year it discouraged other vendors from producing their own players. And he doesn’t mean Panasonic, he means the Cobys, Mistushitas, and Sorny’s… Read More

  • Don't worry, There Will Be Blood still on track for April HD DVD release

    [photopress:twbb.jpg,full,right] There’s confusion surrounding the pending high-def release of There Will Be Blood. The movie, which will be released here in the U.S. by Paramount on HD DVD, was scheduled for an April 8 release. Then it disappeared from Paramount’s site. Axed? No. Hardly. Apparently Paramount was just restructuring its Web site to reflect a new March 4 release… Read More

  • CrunchDeals (waste of money?): Xbox 360 HD DVD for $50

    Looks like the rumor was true. Product Page [Best Buy] Read More

  • Slashdot: Toshiba dropped HD DVD at Sony's urging in a chip fab plant deal?

    [photopress:churchsigngn0.jpg,full,center] The old man CmdrTaco over at Slashdot has a notion that Toshiba’s final dropping of HD DVD was due to a little old-fashioned backscratching. Sony is selling parts of some of the chip plants it owns in Japan to Toshiba, giving Tosh 60% interests in an RSX and a Cell chip plants. This is money in Toshiba’s pocket. It’s not a direct… Read More

  • No more XBox HD DVD players

    Microsoft has just discontinued their HD DVD players for the XBox 360. Microsoft chose… poorly. As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD. Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support for all Xbox 360 HD DVD Players… Read More

  • "Barney" partnerships usually fail: Android take note

    Let’s say the raptors are Blu-Ray. First, a quote from the Yankee Group’s Carl Howe: …Two of the big supporters of HD DVD were Microsoft
    and Intel, each of whom could account for exactly zero million HD DVD
    drive sales. Whenever I see “Barney alliances” — ones where no money
    changes hands, but all the partners agree to love each other and their
    technologies… Read More

  • Retailer lets customers exchange HD DVD players for Blu-ray ones

    [photopress:hdbrexchange.jpg,full,center] A retailer actually giving a damn about its customers? It can’t be an American one, right? No. It’s not. Japanese corp Edion, which owns a bunch of electronic stores over there, will exchange customers’ now obsolete HD DVD players for Blu-ray players. The corp will accept Toshiba players for one from Sony, Panasonic or… Read More

  • Rumor alert: Xbox 360 HD DVD player to drop to $50

    Flickr’d Rumors point to a massive price drop for the Xbox 360’s HD DVD add-on. As a result of the format’s death, Microsoft will tell retailers to let the drive go for $50, a full $80 off the previous price. Why exactly you’d spend $50 on an outdated, dead technology I don’t know. You’re better off playing Mega Millions… Read More

  • Fire Sale: CompUSA clearing out HD DVD player, movies

    The above picture pretty much explains it all. CompUSA is clearing everything out and here’s your chance to cash in. It’s only the 720p player but when you factor in the seven movies it’s not too bad a deal at $90. But you want the 1080p player don’t you? Yeah, I thought so. There’s even a deal on a 1080p Vizio. Check it out after the jump. Thanks for sending this… Read More

  • Dvorak: HD DVD was just Microsoft messing with Sony

    Oh John C. Dvorak, I could read your stuff all day long. And your weekly web show, Cranky Geeks, keeps me looking forward to Wednesdays now, if only to catch a fleeting glimpse of the crankiness that’ll undoubtedly ensue. Now the crankiness has spilled over into the HD DVD versus Blu-ray thing. The very thing that I, believe you me, am sick of writing about, hearing about, and reading… Read More

  • Retailer warns Sony not to abuse its newfound Blu-ray position: Consumers like regular DVD just fine

    [photopress:sonybrrrrr.jpg,full,center] Hold your horses, sports fans. Don’t go declaring Blu-ray the winner of anything just yet, despite the fact that Toshiba original story titlethrew in the towel this week. Sony and the rest of the Blu-ray camp still has one more foe they need to tackle—perception. The perception that regular DVD is “good enough” and that Blu-ray is… Read More

  • No more HD DVD trade-ins at GameStop

    [photopress:gshd.jpg,full,center] GameStop will stop accepting all HD DVD trade-ins later today. It’ll stop accepting the 360’s HD DVD player for trade-ins, too. Story. This past Christmas I traded in unopened HD DVDs that I had received throughout the year and traded them into Best Buy, getting some store credit in the process. Good thing I did that when I did because with the… Read More

  • A moral dilemma: Should HD DVD users be allowed to rip and re-burn their discs, even if it violates DRM?

    [photopress:hd_dvd_videos.jpg,full,left] Now here’s something to think about: Now that HD DVD is dead, do you see anything wrong with HD DVD disc owners breaking the DRM on their discs to make backups of the media that they’ve bought in an effort to future-proof their investments? Think about it: when you buy a disc, whether a DVD or CD, you’re really paying for a copy of… Read More

  • Wired tells us how to convert HD DVD to Blu-ray

    Holy crap, this almost seems like more trouble than it’s worth but if you’re looking to convert your “old” HD DVDs to Blu-ray, Wired’s How-To Wiki has got you covered. You’ll need a fast Windows machine, an HD DVD drive, a Blu-ray burner, 30GB of hard drive space, money, and a bunch of software. Read More

  • LG: I can't quit you, HD DVD

    Kick ass cover by Willie, BTW LG will not give up on selling hybrid players says UK’s pocket-lint, following in the footsteps of folks like Samsung. Expect more of these “announcements” to come out in the next few days as HD DVD backers scramble to retool their factories to produce hybrid or Blu-Ray only players. “With the recent announcement from Toshiba, Blu-Ray… Read More

  • HD DVD in trouble??? Onkyo stops HD DVD production

    Okay you guys, listen up for a second. I’ve got some bad news. It’s been a long and winding road and we’ve all fought really hard, but it appears that HD DVD might actually be on its way out for real. We just got word that Onkyo has decided to stop making HD DVD players. I know you feel. I feel like I got punched in the gonads, too. Read More

  • Sony points finger at Microsoft and laughs [Update]

    Not that Sony needed to respond to Microsoft’s press release over the demise of HD DVD, but they did anyway. Dave Karraker, senior director fo corporate communications for Sony Computer Entertainment America, had this to say: “It’s unfortunate that Microsoft’s external HD-DVD drive will not enhance the experience at all for the gamer. Sony realizes that to truly… Read More

  • HD DVD: A Cautionary Tale

    To those of you who can’t accept the news that HD DVD is gone I recount to you the tale of one of my father’s co-workers, Don, who was a die-hard Betamax user. This was back in 1989 or so when VHS pretty much ruled the day. Consumers were already buying VHS camcorders and I believe we already had a VCR by then, brought home with great fanfare by my parents and relegated to the TV… Read More

  • Toshiba: We're done with HD DVD, looking forward to a bright HD future

    It’s in our inbox, so that’s good enough for us to call it. At 12:14AM PST, HD DVD is no longer supported by Toshiba, effectively killing the format. The release says that Toshiba will focus instead on “championing consumer access to HD content”. No more players, no more disks, no more HD DVD. So now we can all buy our PS3s and wait for the day when Transformers shows up… Read More

  • Toshiba making it official tomorrow? Samsung shifts gears

    We’ve covered this extensively already and know that Blu-ray has won the physical HD media war, but it’s being reported that Toshiba may make an official announcement as early as tomorrow. All Toshiba HD DVD hardware including stand alone players and optical drives will become non-existent on retailer shelves by March. In the same realm of news, Samsung has announced they will… Read More

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