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HD DVD firmware update unlocks the internet

July 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

A new firmware update (version 2.2) for Toshiba’s American HD DVD players will allow users to unlock ‘hidden’ content on some discs and download bonus material from the Internet. The move gives the format an advantage over dedicated players which to date have lacked Ethernet connectivity.
Says Jodi Sally, Toshiba’s digital A/V group marketing VP: “With HD DVD, studios have the ability to develop new and unique content for movie fans, enabling an entirely new way to access entertainment and customise their home movie experience.”
The first HD DVD movie to offer internet enabled content is Warner’s Blood Diamond.
The company also envisages users interacting with online polls. Also planned is an update granting a 1080/24fps output mode for its HD-XA1, HD-A1 and HD-D1 models.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Internet and networking · Trade

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