“Toshiba Halts HD DVD Production, Mulls Future” – PC World

HD DVD LogoLooks like Toshiba may be throwing in the towel in the Blu-Ray Vs. HD DVD fight. According to PC World, Toshiba is halting production and close to making a major decision. It’s a safe bet this is related to Wal-Mart’s decision to go exclusively Blu-Ray in June of 2008.

As the NY Times article mentions, this is after decisions this week by Best Buy to promote Blu-ray as its preferred format and Netflix to stock only Blu-ray movies, phasing out HD DVD by the end of 2008.

For Toshiba, this is a great set back but for consumers like me and my wife, this makes the choice easier. We have a HDTV and an old DVD player. We want a Hi Def player, but up until a few weeks ago, we were considering a dual player that can play both HD DVD and Blu-Ray such as the Samsung BD-UP5000 (Now a dead product?).

Hope Battlestar Galactica comes out on Blu-Ray. Right now, it’s on HD DVD

Update: Yep, as of February 19, 2008 it’s now official.

Music I’m listening to right Now:
Round here” by Counting Crows from the “August and Everything After” Album.

2 responses to ““Toshiba Halts HD DVD Production, Mulls Future” – PC World

  1. Toshiba throwing in the towel would be a good thing.

    One of the commentaries I read pointed out that someone who just bought >$2,000 worth of HDTV is not going to care about getting a HD-DVD player for cheap.

  2. That may be true, but in my case, I didn’t want to choose and then get stuck with an HD DVD player that no one makes movies for.

    Do SONY HD Camcorders record in Blu-Ray?