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Final Blow to HD-DVD From Toshiba?



The chips are down for Toshiba and its HD-DVD format, the competitor to Sony's Blu-ray that has been on the receiving end of some serious knocks lately. Netflix said it's dropping the format, and Best Buy indicated it's beginning the process of doing the same. Blu-ray player sales are way up and things are looking so bad that Toshiba's response to all this sounds half-hearted at best. No wonder, then, that rumors are swirling of Toshiba's plans to drop the format entirely.

The always ambiguous "reliable sources" are indicating that Toshiba will stop production of HD-DVD players within the next few weeks, the final result of the fallout caused by Warner's surprise January CES announcement that it was jumping ship and going Blu-ray-exclusive.

It's clearly game over for the format, a disappointing reality for many early adopters. But hey, look on the bright side: Some great deals are ahead for those looking to extend their HD-DVD collections while they still can.

From The Hollywood Reporter

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Tags: Blu-ray, format wars, FormatWars, HD DVD, HdDvd, HDTV, Toshiba

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