Feeds

Toshiba to back Blu-ray Disc with player launch?

HD DVD all but forgotten

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Toshiba may be about to put the past behind it, look to the future and launch a Blu-ray Disc player.

That's what a report by Japanese-language site Yomiuri claims. The machine will be out - in Japan, presumably - by the end of the year.

Toshiba was the leading proponent of Blu-ray's arch-rival, HD DVD. In February 2008, the company scrapped development following Warner Home Video's decision to focus solely on Blu-ray - up to January 2008, the video distributor had supported both HD optical disc formats.

Toshiba later confirmed it had lost $1bn supporting HD DVD.

Almost immediately, pundits wondered if Toshiba would now release a BD player or studiously ignore the format. So far, it has taken the latter approach, pushing upscaling DVD players instead and not even offering BD drives in its laptops.

Not that there seems to be a huge demand for BD-enabled computers: most PC manufacturers who support the format offer Blu-ray as an optional extra only.

Presumably, Toshiba feels enough water has flowed under the bridge and it can adopt BD, especially if it anticipates that mainstream consumer demand for the HD format - beyond early adopter movie buffs and PlayStation 3 fanboys - is rising as we move into the Christmas sales period.

Or it might still believe - as a fair few commenters to this site do - that DVD is more than adequate for casual video viewing until high-speed broadband makes HD video on-demand a more attractive proposition. ®

Obituary HD DVD 2002-2008

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.