In response to Warner Brothers’ announcement that, beginning June 1, 2008, they will dump HD-DVD to exclusively support the Blu-Ray high definition format, Toshiba had this to say:
“TOKYO — 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.”
Variety has an interesting article (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117978461.html?categoryid=1009&cs=1), with one interesting piece of information: HD-DVD has cancelled it’s Sunday night press event at CES this weekend. There are a lot of people saying that, after this weekend, HD-DVD has gone the way of Betamax, Laser Disc, and the wok. Not a moment too soon. Again…
… two thumbs up.