HD DVD backers responses to the Warner Blu-Ray announcement

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Toshiba are first of the blocks and have issued a response to today's surprise news of Warner's change of HD format allegiance. This statement hints that this decision was totally unexpected by HD DVD's main hardware backer and it may be a couple of days before the full impact of the announcement take effect.

The full press release follows...

TOKYO, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner Bros.' decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning the support of HD DVD. As central members of the DVD Forum, we have long maintained a close partnership with Warner Bros. We worked closely together to help standardize the first-generation DVD format as well as to define and shape HD DVD as its next-generation successor.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the US market in 2007.

We will assess the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and evaluate potential next steps. We remain firm in our belief that HD DVD is the format best suited to the wants and needs of the consumer.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 00:38:32

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