The Qosmio G35-AV660 features enhanced HD DVD
player software developed by Toshiba for more robust HD DVD
video playback functionality and performance.
The defeat banished HD DVD
to the way of Betamax, the format which lost out to VHS as the standard for videocassettes in the 1980s and became obsolete.
GGW-H20N/L combines cutting-edge Blu-ray technology with all other optical disc formats such as HD DVD
, DVD, DVD[+ or -]R, DVD[+ or -]RW, and DVD-RAM.
Toshiba said it will likely incur a special loss of 45 billion yen in fiscal 2007 due to its pullout from the HD DVD
business and that its total loss linked to the business from fiscal 2005 when it started operations in earnest to the current fiscal year are estimated at around 160 billion yen.
Salesmen at electronics superstores that sold both formats quietly steered consumers away from HD DVD
and in the direction of Blu-ray.
The HD DVD
optical disc format offers new and exciting features for the gaming, storage and consumer entertainment markets such as high definition video at 1080p resolution, picture-in-picture, high definition multi-channel audio, 3D style graphics and user interactivity for games, trivia, web-enabled content, etc.
Inform them both HD DVD
and Blu-ray are superior technologies to what they have been used to, and the disc space is larger so movie studios can include many more extras and features than before.
Onkyo has started deliberations on halting manufacturing and sales of an HD DVD
player it has been selling in Europe and North America, its officials said.
But HD DVD
will live on at retail--at least for a while.
Blu-ray has emerged as the dominant, next generation DVD format, with Toshiba deciding to stop making or marketing HD DVD
players and recorders.
Toshiba has sold 700,000 HD DVD
players globally, while 300,000 more HD DVD
drives have been sold for Microsoft's next-generation Xbox 360 video game console and many more have been put into laptop computers.
The move is good news for UK shoppers who have not yet invested in either Blu-ray or HD DVD
next generation DVD players, experts said.