HD DVD backers responses to the Warner Blu-Ray announcement

Following on from Warners announcement of Blu-Ray exclusivity we will be posting up responses from the other players in the HD market here, as soon as we get them.

We will keep this news item updated with responses as we get them…


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.

Colin Polonowski

Updated: Jan 04, 2008

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