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Onkyo Stops HD DVD Player Production

21 Feb, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

The latest defector from the HD DVD camp is Onkyo Corp., which confirmed Feb. 21 that it would stop making HD DVD players immediately.

The Japanese company had sold only about 2,000 of its HD DVD players and because “Onkyo manufactures HD DVD players with core parts supplied by Toshiba, it will be difficult for Onkyo to continue its further development and production of HD DVD players,” the company said.

Onkyo promised to provide consumer support for owners of its players.

“While Onkyo has been an enthusiastic supporter of the HD DVD format, it was not an exclusive relationship,” the company said. “Onkyo's research and development teams have maintained a parallel development program for the competing Blu-ray technology.”

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