“The next-generation DVD format known as HD-DVD won’t be launched in the United States until early next year because of a lack of coordination between partners handling the hardware and software, a Toshiba official said Friday,” Red Herring reports. “The consumer electronics company, which is the major backer of the HD-DVD format said, however, that technology will be launched in Japan before the end of 2005 as planned.”
Red Herring reports, “The delay in the U.S. all but eliminates the only advantage that the HD-DVD camp enjoyed over the rival Blu-ray format: time to market. Initially the HD-DVD camp had planned to launch products in the U.S. before the 2005 holiday season. HD-DVD has been waging a three-year format war with the Sony-backed Blu-ray format. The Blu-ray products are planned to reach stores in the spring… While HD-DVD has the support of Toshiba, NEC, and Sanyo, Blu-ray has a bigger pool that consists of Sony, Hitachi, Samsung, Philips, Apple, LG, Dell, HP, Sharp, and Panasonic… HD-DVD and Toshiba have close ties with Microsoft, but it remains to be seen if the software giant’s gaming console Xbox will carry HD-DVD technology.”
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