Last month, Toshiba ceased production of its HD-DVD
products after major studios and leading US retailers such as Warner Bros., Wal-Mart and Best Buy favoured Blu-Ray Discs as the standard for next-generation DVD formats.
The announcement by Wal-Mart is the latest in a string of setbacks for Toshiba's HD-DVD
format, which now has only one major studio--Dreamworks--supporting its technology.
Then, on Tuesday, electronics giant Toshiba, the driving force behind HD-DVD
, said it would cease production of players and recorders in the format.
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Samsung and Panasonic make Blu-ray players while Toshiba has backed the HD-DVD
The two competing types of HD players have their supporters: the Blu-ray (backed by Samsung, Sony, Apple, Philips, Panasonic, Sharp, Pioneer, and Dell) and the HD-DVD
(backed by Toshiba, Microsoft, Sanyo, and NEC).
One bright spot at CES was the announcement of a high-definition video and audio decoder chip that supports both formats, suggesting the possibility that future DVD players might handle both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD
The price tag is considerably higher than prices planned for DVD players compatible with the rival HD-DVD
New molds for higher-performance optical disc formats such as HD-DVD
and Blu-ray have been developed by Axxicon Molds Los Angeles Inc.
The Swedish companies Alpha Sweden and M2 Engineering that make machines for DVD production are dependent on the outcome of the competition between the HD-dvd
and Blue-Ray formats.
As with first-generation DVD products, the blue laser class is evolving with two main competing formats: Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD
. Two other high capacity formats (Enhanced Versatile Disc and Forward Versatile Disc) have been developed by government-related research projects in China and Taiwan, respectively, for those domestic markets.