Toshiba concedes format in the next-gen DVD war

The HD DVD format, championed by Toshiba and some major studios, is effectively being retired, with Toshiba announcing it will no longer manufacture HD DVD players and recorders (see PRWeek's coverage on the next-gen format war here).

The HD DVD format, championed by Toshiba and some major studios, is effectively being retired, with Toshiba announcing it will no longer manufacture HD DVD players and recorders (see PRWeek's coverage on the next-gen format war here).

The gadget blogs are etching tombstones for the format, and Gizmodo points out that Toshiba won't be supporting Blu-ray any time soon. It is going to support the existing, global, non-HD format.

The BBC claims that Sony's PS3 helped Blu-Ray (also supported by Sony) win. The HD DVD Promotional Group has not put any of the most recent updates on its site.

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