Toshiba's HD-DVD future uncertain

Shares in Toshiba have gained more than 5% as speculation intensified that the electronics giant is set to scrap its high definition DVD format, HD DVD.

The firm said it was reviewing its business strategies, but added it had made no decision over HD DVD's future. The format has suffered from the defection of major US film studios to Sony-backed rival Blu-ray.

Analysts said that an end to the war meant Toshiba could refocus on other areas and the industry would gain too. "There have been media reports that Toshiba will discontinue its HD DVD business," a Toshiba spokesman said. "In fact, Toshiba has not made any announcement or decision. We are currently assessing our business strategies, but nothing has been decided at the moment."

Last month, Warner Brothers became the fifth Hollywood studio to throw its weight behind Sony's Blu-ray format, leaving just Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures favouring HD DVD. Analysts had seen this decision to switch allegiances as a tipping point.

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Im not sure exactly what you mean by "stops changing the technology.... ". Any new technology is going to change, otherwise we would all still be driving steam powered cars ...

(Tews said @ #5)
Im not sure exactly what you mean by "stops changing the technology.... ". Any new technology is going to change, otherwise we would all still be driving steam powered cars ...

Tews,

Your comment is ridiculous. It seems you don't know enough about Sony's Blu-ray technology and the different profiles it has gone through. Might I suggesting reading http://www.emedialive.com/articles/readart...cleid=11397#iij before commenting on the technology.

What brent3000 was saying is that Blu-ray (Sony) has changed their profile twice leaving some early adapters behind. How do we know for sure that Sony will not do it again for a third time. Some people maybe stupid enough to throw their money away but most are not. If profile 1.0 and 1.1 was upgradeable, this would be a non issue.

Sounds like they are going to pull HD DVD. Think about it, if they weren't, they'd certainitely be going as far as to threaten anyone publishing otherwise.

I’ve been reading so much about this the last few days.
I can’t wait for something official if they do discontinue HDDVD then that’s one massive decision for them but probably a good one.