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Toshiba Delays HD DVD Recorder Launch

15 Jul, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Citing inventory concerns, Toshiba Corp. delayed until July 27 its previously announced launch in Japan of the first HD DVD recorder, the RD-A1. The $3,468 recorder can record up to 230 minutes of HD video and 130 hours of HDTV content.

“Although production has commenced, we've experienced slight delays in the procurement of key components, making it difficult to produce appropriate inventory levels for all of our retailers,” said Toshiba spokesperson Jodi Sally.

El Segundo, Calif.-based research firm iSuppli Corp. recently reported that Toshiba was absorbing about $200 per unit in lost material costs of its HD-A1 HD DVD player.

Separately, Toshiba began shipping the Qosmio G35-AV650 laptop PC, which includes an HD DVD drive.

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