Toshiba remains upbeat about HD DVD
And launches Low-def models
CES Today’s Toshiba press conference at CES saw an unprecedented queue hundreds of metres long as hacks lined up to hear Toshiba's take on Warner Home Video's recent announcement to opt for the Blu-ray format. One UK reporter was even offered $50 for her press pass.
Inside, Jodi Sally, Marketing VP of the digital A/V Group, remained upbeat and positive as she addressed the issue of HD DVD business.
“As you can imagine this has been a tough morning. Obviously the events of the last few days have shifted my comments slightly," she said.
"But we still believe that HD DVD is the best format for consumers. Toshiba has delivered on its promised again and again. We‘ve been declared dead before... our unit sales for the fourth quarter were the best yet.”
And Toshiba today launched two back-to-basic DVD players, the SD-6100 and entry-level SD-4100.
Toshiba's SD-6100: bread and butter
The SD-6100 features upconversion to 720p, 1080i and 1080p resolution with HDMI connectivity, and support for discs containing DivX, WMA, MP3 and JPEG files. The entry-level SD-4100 DVD player features component video output and likewise offers JPEG and MP3 playback.
The SD-4100: entry level
Two DVD Recorders were announced. The D-R410 offers 1080p upconversion through HDMI, supports DVD±R/RW media, sports a DV input and both MP3 and JPEG playback. The step-up D-R560 adds to these features HD and SD TV tuners and WMA and DivX playback.
The new line up of products for 2008 includes the SD-P101S, SD-P91S and SD-P71S portable DVD players with 10.2in, 9in and 7in displays, respectively. All feature a four-in-one(SD, MMC, MS and xD) memory card slot; and support WMA, MP3 and JPEG playback. Toshiba said the top two models delive a battery life of five hours, while the entry-level SD-P71S runs for three hours.
Finally, two DVD Recorder/VCR combination models, the D-VR660 and D-VR610 multi-format DVD recorders offering 720p, 1080i and 1080p upconversion through HDMI, with HD and ST tuners, and support for DVD±R/RW recording and playback. The D-VR610 also includes line input to allow recording from cable boxes and satellite receivers.
HD DVD still has many legs to run on.
I do admit that HD DVD was not properly advertized where as Blu-Ray was plastered everywhere you look. The HD DVD Promotional Group is to blame IMO.
But to call the format war over is greatly irresponsible. The last time I checked studios don’t decide a format war, people do that buy the products. Toshiba won’t be neglecting 1+ million SAL player owners anytime soon. Unless Toshiba presents a press release stating that the war is over, the war is as alive as it was in 2006 & 2007.
In my most honest opinion HD DVD is a much better format for us and Toshiba really needs to get some good motivating information about HD DVD out soon. People should not abandon HD DVD for this Warner news, but instead brace it. I for one do not want a Sony driven DRM infested format telling me what I can watch and how I will be forced to watch it. People really don’t understand how bad this is for us Theatre Buffs & movie watchers.
Anybody thinking about selling off their HD DVD player & movies should be doing to opposite and promoting HD DVD players & their movies. It’s VHS vs. BetaMax all over again, and we all know what happened and who won eventually. BetaMax had so much more support vs. VHS and VHS ended up winning in the end.
Right now, HD DVD is here to stay & Universal/Paramount/DreamWorks need to start dipping into their endless movie titles and release then on HD DVD exclusively ASAP.
I have a Wii named Lucy!!!!!!!
I have a Wii(which I have affectionately named Lucy) which has a built in DVD drive. One day when the big N(God bless their hearts) release a software update that allows me to watch DVD's then it will engrave it’s already concrete position as the BEST next generation console available! DVD has a much larger range of available titles from all studios. All you HD/BR pushers are just a bunch of fan boys. You need to sit down and take notice of how Lucy(my Wii) is going to one-day-eventually-when-an-update-is-released change the way that we interact with movies!
On a more serious note ,.. The porn industry and no one else is going to be the true decider on which format gets adopted next!
Let the fappers stand up!
Most areas PS3s sold out too
I have friends from the Bay area, Chicago and Norfolk, Virginia telling me they couldn't get hold of the 80G PS3 for any money, and were forced to go online to guarantee delivery within 2 weeks.
All of them are jealous because I bought mine well ahead of the Christmas shopping rush. Most figured stores like Best Buy and Walmart would re-stock for the January sales and are pissed off with being told "maybe we'll have more tomorrow".