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HD DVD Backer Toshiba Remains Defiant

21 Oct, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Just hours after Warner Home Video, major supporter of next-generation DVD format HD DVD, said it had joined the board of rival Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and would release its films on the format, Toshiba Corp. issued a statement claiming the studio continues “to collaborate closely toward the commercial launch of HD DVD.”

In a statement, HD DVD supporter Toshiba said WHV continues to support HD DVD and characterized the studio's sudden allegiance to Blu-ray as an “understandable commitment” designed to let the studio make technical evaluations of each format and keep its options open.

Toshiba said the WHV decision would not affect introduction of HD DVD content to market and said Blu-ray backer Hewlett-Packard's formal appeal to the BDA to include two HD DVD technologies, iHD and Managed Copy, as part of Blu-ray specifications underscored the format's legitimacy.

Toshiba said it strongly believes the HD DVD format will eventually win broad support as the more superior format.

“We are committed to bringing HD DVD products first to market early next year in the U.S.,” said the company.

A WHV spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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