HD DVD is officially dead; Toshiba stops production of defunct format

“Toshiba Corp is planning to stop production of equipment compatible with the HD DVD format for high-definition video, allowing the competing Blu-Ray camp a free run, public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday,” Nathan Layne reports for Reuters.

“Toshiba is expected to suffer losses amounting to tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars) to scrap production of HD DVD players and recorders and other steps to exit the business, Japan’s NHK said on its website,” Layne reports.

“Toshiba was dealt a blow on Friday when Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would abandon the HD DVD format, becoming the latest in a series of top retailers and movie studios to rally behind Blu-ray technology for high definition DVDs,” Layne reports.

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Enjoy those Microsoft Xbox HD DVD players now, ya hear?


  1. I know of one wedding videographer who is not a happy bunny. He used the HD export features of OSX to create HD-DVD’s on regular DVD’s. Now that route is a dead dodo. I told him to buy up a pile of HDDVD players at a knock down price and give them away to his customers, along with the DVD’s. He could last out a year or more on that route for minimal upfront costs. Otherwise, to get his HD footage to the client, means going Blueray and I am not so sure Apple really support that at the moment, plus and a big negative, the BR discs are so much more expensive. I figured he could get an HD DVD player for the price of a few BR discs and still come out tops. So this is not a winning situation for people like this videographer.

  2. What I’d like to see is a boycott on Paramount / Viacom titles. They accepted a bribe from the HD camp and now should suffer some consequences. Let them release their crap on HD only format. Lay down with dogs and get up with fleas.

  3. MacDailyNews Take: Enjoy those Microsoft Xbox HD DVD players now, ya hear?

    Don’t quit your day job, guys. Why people (including myself) visit this miserable excuse for a ‘blog’ – is beyond me.


  4. Forgive my ignorance, as I don’t own Final Cut. Does Final Cut also support Blu-ray?

    Anyways, I’m VERY glad that HD-DVD is dead. The only bad thing about Blu-ray is that it uses regions. I know that something like 2/3 of all Blu-ray disks are regionless. But many consumers would really appreciate if all Blu-ray titles were regionless. I have a feeling that this issue will be resolved — one way or another — as the Blu-ray spec continues to mature.

  5. Rip Ragged

    I have HUNDREDS of movies (and over 400 cd’s).

    There is NO WAY that I’m buying 5 or 6 terabyte sized drives to hold (what I’m assuming you’re getting at?) digital downloads.

    For anyone who’s more than a casual viewer, discs are MOST DEFINITELY NOT dead!

  6. “Enjoy those Microsoft Xbox HD DVD players now, ya hear?”

    Ooooooooooooh…..now that was just a tad mean eh?

    Oh well, I never liked HD-DVD anyway and jumped into the Blu-Ray camp a while back. The only thing I think HD-DVD had going for it was easier name recognition. That simply means that someone who knows nothing about either format would find it easier to figure out what “HD-DVD” was vs what Blu-Ray was. However the name recognition was not a big deal and besides Blu-Ray has a fresher, newer, cooler sounding name. I hope those with HD-DVD players and big disc collections can find some solace. Maybe the HD-DVD format discs that exist will still be playable for sometime to come.

  7. > Toshiba is expected to suffer losses amounting to tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars) to scrap production of HD DVD players and recorders

    I wonder when Toshiba will start making Blu-ray products. Sony eventually made VHS products.

  8. Being the best format didn’t win the day for Blu-ray.

    Having the best, as in most onerous, DRM won the battle for the Blu-ray camp.

    The question is, did the consumer win?

    I suppose, given that every form of DRM is eventually broken.

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