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SV Staff Posted: Feb 19, 2008 0 comments
  The high definition disc format HD DVD was killed today - the victim of abandonment. Toshiba Corporation, the company behind HD DVD's development, announced that it was pulling the plug on the nearly two-year-old format, effectively making...
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 19, 2008 0 comments
Yes, Yogi, it's OVER. Check out this link, originally filed by the AP at 7:48 this morning (and re-filed at 11:05): http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/business/AP-Japan-Toshiba.html?ref=business By the way, folks, for the record: Contrary to these...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 19, 2008 0 comments
Today Toshiba announced that it will discontinue marketing HD DVD players. What do you think will happen next? Will you buy a Blu-ray player? Do downloads look more attractive? And finally, those of you who have tried both HD DVD and Blu-ray, which offered the better user experience? Weigh in and tell us what you think. After all, it's your opinion that will determine what happens next in this epic saga.
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 19, 2008 0 comments

In a widely anticipated press conference today at Toshiba's corporate offices in Tokyo, Japan, the company finally announced its decision to pull the plug on HD DVD. According to a Reuters report, it will begin reducing shipments of players and recorders immediately, with the goal of shutting down the business by the end of next month.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 19, 2008 0 comments
The format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD has ended with an official statement admitting HD DVD's defeat.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 18, 2008 0 comments
You gotta love Blaupunkt's mettle for coming out with a portable active speaker system that can shuttle between the car, the home and the street. It's a clever engineering feat, but you'll need a lot of muscle to lug it around. Dubbed Velocity...
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 17, 2008 8 comments

Last week, I asked readers to weigh in on whether they want more audio-product reviews without objective measurements or fewer reviews with measurements. I've gotten quite a few responses so far, for which I'm grateful, but I'm going to wait one more week before revealing the results and <I>UAV</I>'s policy in this regard. If you haven't voted yet, feel free to do so by adding a comment to <A href="http://blog.ultimateavmag.com/scottwilkinson/021008question/">last week's blog</A> or e-mailing me at <A HREF="mailto:scott.wilkinson@sourceinterlink.com">scott.wilkinson@sourceinterlink.com</A>

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 16, 2008 0 comments

According to a report today from NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, Toshiba has decided to stop production of HD DVD players. The company said it would continue to sell its current products, but there will be no further development, and its related factories in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan will be closed. Market analysts expect the company to lose hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 15, 2008 0 comments

It's been less than a week since we <A href="http://www.ultimateavmag.com/news/208badhd/">reported</A> that Netflix will stop renting HD DVDs in favor of Blu-ray discs and Best Buy will promote only Blu-ray, even though it will still carry HD DVD products in its stores. Now, an <A href="http://checkoutblog.com/entries/2008/2/15/wal_mart_chooses_a_hi_def_plat... blog</A> by some Wal-Mart Associates reveals that the &#252;ber retail chain will carry Blu-ray discs and players exclusively as of June, 2008. As blogger Susan writes, "If you bought the HD player like me, I'd retire it to the bedroom, kid's playroom, or give it to your parents to play their John Wayne standard-def movies."

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SV Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2008 0 comments
HD DVD proponent Toshiba is expected to wave the white flag in the next few weeks, according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter. The move would surprise few following the announcement by Warner Home Video last month that it would support...

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