Feeds

Mole uncovers Toshiba's DVD upscaling plans

HD DVD who?

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Now that the dust’s settled on Toshiba’s humiliating HD DVD defeat, the company is rumoured to be preparing a comeback - in the form of an upscaling DVD player.

According to a report on Japanese news site Yomiuri, sources at Toshiba have let slip about the company’s plans to launch a DVD player capable of upscaling standard-definition DVDs to 1080p HD.

Upscaling an SD image to an HD one is nothing new, but Toshiba will pitch its rumoured player as the best way of doing so. Towards the end of its its time as the HD DVD format's cheerleader, Toshiba began promoting its HD DVD player family as superior DVD players. The units have long won plaudits for the quality of their upscaling technology.

Toshiba has already unveiled “Super-resolution” imagery, which is still essentially standard-definition content upscaled to 1080p, but done with an interpolation algorithm that Toshiba believes is superior to the likes used on rival upscalers, such as Sony’s DVP-NS708H.

One of Blu-ray’s drawbacks is the rather limited number of titles currently available - relative to DVD, at least - along with the still relatively high cost of standalone players. The Toshiba mole has also claimed that the manufacturer's latest player will be marketed as one capable of playing a broader array of content than currently available through Blu-ray.

It's though Toshiba's upscaling DVD player will be out by December. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it won’t be Blu-ray compatible.

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.