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Toshiba says no plans for Blu-ray, blasts Warner Bros

February 20th, 2008 · No Comments

Toshiba says it has no plans to launch Blu-ray hardware, following the cessation of its HD DVD business. Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida, speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, said that the withdrawal was “a very tough decision.” Much of Toshiba’s confidence in launching HD DVD against Blu-ray stemmed from the fact that Hollywood studio Warner had a capital tie-up with the company since 1991. “It was really regrettable that Warner Bros suddenly changed its policy,” Nishida said. The company confirmed that during its short life, HD DVD had sold 1 million players, 20,000 recorders and 2 million PC disc drives worldwide. For those with hardware, it says it will stock repair parts for eight years after the pullout and continue to provide after-sales and support.
Andy Parsons, BDA Promotions Committee chairman, said: “We in the Blu-ray Disc Association are very happy that this long format war is officially over. Now the task ahead for our member companies is to promote the Blu-ray Disc format as the best way to bring premier quality high-definition content into consumers’ lives.”
Sony offered similar rhetoric: “Overwhelming support from all the relevant industries, including Hollywood studios, consumer electronics and IT companies, retailers and video rental stores, is clear proof that consumers have chosen Blu-ray as the next-generation optical disc format. We believe that a single format will benefit both consumers and the industry and will accelerate the expansion of the market.”

Tags: Corporate · HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Home cinema · Trade

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