Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Feb 2008 13:24 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Multimedia, AV Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer manufacture HD-DVDs, effectively ending the long-running battle with the rival Blu-ray for a dominant high-definition format. Toshiba said it made the decision to cease developing, manufacturing, and marketing HD-DVDs after 'recent major changes in the market'. It promised to continue offering support and service for all 1.3+ million Toshiba HD-DVDs sold so far.
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Who is getting sc$%#d?
by jefro on Tue 19th Feb 2008 16:20 UTC
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2007-04-13

Notice how the more expensive choice won out. Consumers should rejoice in the fact Sony can make more money from them.

Edited 2008-02-19 16:20 UTC

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RE: Who is getting sc$%#d?
by cyclops on Tue 19th Feb 2008 17:15 in reply to "Who is getting sc$%#d?"
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2006-03-12

I suspect the more expensive choice is the one that is going to be gathering dusk in the attic.

Although interesting the Media has been cheaper. especially due to certain dubious combo-disks

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RE: Who is getting sc$%#d?
by tomcat on Tue 19th Feb 2008 18:45 in reply to "Who is getting sc$%#d?"
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Notice how the more expensive choice won out. Consumers should rejoice in the fact Sony can make more money from them.


Yeah, isn't it ironic how some people are celebrating this news, as if ponying up more dough to the Sony cartel were something to look forward to. Because let's face it: Sony likes proprietary solutions (ie. MemoryStick anyone? I don't see people complaining how Sony refused to get on board with the CompactFlash/SD team), and Sony (like any other monopolist) will do its best to keep its prices high and cut corners, when there's no viable competition. I can't say that I'm all that pleased with this announcement. It means that price cuts on Blu-Ray players/recorders will take longer -- or may not materialize at all. My one hope is that online HD players will give Blu-Ray serious competition.

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RE[2]: Who is getting sc$%#d?
by tyrione on Tue 19th Feb 2008 20:57 in reply to "RE: Who is getting sc$%#d?"
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2005-11-21

"Notice how the more expensive choice won out. Consumers should rejoice in the fact Sony can make more money from them.


Yeah, isn't it ironic how some people are celebrating this news, as if ponying up more dough to the Sony cartel were something to look forward to. Because let's face it: Sony likes proprietary solutions (ie. MemoryStick anyone? I don't see people complaining how Sony refused to get on board with the CompactFlash/SD team), and Sony (like any other monopolist) will do its best to keep its prices high and cut corners, when there's no viable competition. I can't say that I'm all that pleased with this announcement. It means that price cuts on Blu-Ray players/recorders will take longer -- or may not materialize at all. My one hope is that online HD players will give Blu-Ray serious competition.
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Toshiba was bleeding red to drive their market sales. If you think Toshiba would continue to bleed out and become a Charity for you and your needs you are sorely mistaken.

They tried the Microsoft XBox subsidation program [cost Microsoft around $10 Billion] to beat SONY who lowered their prices, but schrewdly combined it with the PS3 to achieve a two-fold position.

They both win the disk standard and this year are outselling XBox 360 systems by a wide margin.

2008 is the year of the PS 3 and Blu-Ray in the same box.

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RE: Who is getting sc$%#d?
by Wes Felter on Tue 19th Feb 2008 21:16 in reply to "Who is getting sc$%#d?"
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2005-11-15

Given that Toshiba and Sony were both reportedly selling their players at a loss, it's hard to draw many conclusions from the pricing.

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RE: Who is getting sc$%#d?
by WorknMan on Tue 19th Feb 2008 23:23 in reply to "Who is getting sc$%#d?"
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2005-11-13

Notice how the more expensive choice won out. Consumers should rejoice in the fact Sony can make more money from them.


Well, if you don't like what they have to offer, you don't have to buy it. Nobody's going to force you at gunpoint to get a Blu-ray player. I'm sure standard DVDs aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so just do what a lot of us will be doing and stick with SD until Blu-ray prices come down. Who knows, Blu-ray may eventually go the way of the laserdisc anyway.

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