Reports Toshiba dropping HD-DVD

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That's useful info. Thanks. Hopefully this will cause fear among HD-DVD owners, cause them to abandon the format and sell their disks for even less. Resulting in me enjoying even more of the fine HD content for even less cash for longer before buying into the BD format, when prices have normalised. If my player lasts the 6 years my previous player did I can look forward to many years of entertainment. This is not to say that I don't agree with the idea of a single format. It's the only solution that will ensure broad uptake. It's just not going to be pleasant with Sony in charge! They will have the power they have been craving for for so long and you bet they are going to milk it. gorge.
 
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Interestingly, Amazon.com are having a 50% sale on a large selection of HD-DVDs. I'm sure this is not connected with the failure of the format.....

There's also a 3 for 2 on BD and HD discs.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&plgroup=1&docId=1000195491&plpage=1
 

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[quote user="Gorge"]It's just not going to be pleasant with Sony in charge! They will have the power they have been craving for for so long and you bet they are going to milk it. gorge.[/quote]

Always makes me laugh when I see comments like this. I imagine people seeing Sony's board like The Simpsons portrayed the Republican party leaders once, with Mr Burns at the head of the table, Dracula, a Werewolf and other nasties sitting around him!
 
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Whatever the outcome, I am very pleased with my Tosh EP35 HD DVD player. Discs will probably be sold for almost nothing when the format disappears so my high-def library will be stocked for years to come, well at least until blu-ray has finally reached it's final specs.
 
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Whatever the outcome, I am very pleased with my Tosh EP35 HD DVD player. Discs will probably be sold for almost nothing when the format disappears so my high-def library will be stocked for years to come, well at least until blu-ray has finally reached it's final specs.
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I am glad to see others are making the most of this excellent tech instead of preaching about whats dead etc . i bought my brand new EP-35 cheap (189) and its the best thing iv'e ever owned av wise... I have already bought over 20 2nd hand films off e bay, amazon and at my local exchange shop and the highest price i've paid was £11.00 which is cheaper than many new release dvds. I also got 7 free with the player. i am enjoying building my new library of HD DVD, s. I hear from a statement by Toshiba's Jodi Sally that there are 800 hd dvd's released which is interesting. What amazes me is the HD DVDS were doing what Blu Rays latest profile 1.1 ever since they were first released. Oh well never mind..All i can say is long live HD DVD but if not i've got a PS3 60gb anyway so as long as i get 'high on def' i dont care
 
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I'm genuinely pleased for the HD DVD owners who are keeping a positive face!

I hope your players last a long time, as when it breaks down and there's no support and no replacement players your HD DVD library is a useless. Maybe buying an HD DVD player post Warner Brothers statement in January won't appear to be such a good idea!

I have sympathy with this as I did amass a large LaserDisc library, over 200 discs between 1988 and 1998! I do at least have a working player (Pioneer CLD-D925) with two other Pioneer players (CLD-3070 NTSC) and (CLD-1450 PAL) as boxed back-ups!

It's also possible that some of the HD DVD titles may never get released on Blu-ray? Poor sales of some discs may mean that the studios may not wish to get their fingers burned a second time!

The profile 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 issue is largely a side show! The most important issues are picture and sound quality. Most people only buy the single DVD editions, if you look at the sales charts!

At least Cars (US WB version) and Rush Hour 3 (UK New Line/EIV) have picture in picture and they should work on ALL Blu-ray players! Who needs profile 1.1? I'm sure there are others?

Profile 2.0 - different issue altogether. This could encourage the studios to deliberately omit desirable material from discs, in order to get more of your money!? It's the tip of the iceburg! And then there's the big brother angle. Some may already object to digital TV knowing what you watch and when. Now the studios and others will know what you buy to watch - not an issue for some, but there are possibilities that need to be debated.

Question for those who have purchased HD DVD players recently. Are they multi region for regular DVDs?

There have been many recommendations for their upscaling abilities. Fine, but if you need another one for DVD player for NTSC DVDs, then what's the point? You could end up with three players, DVD (Multi Region/DVD-Audio/SACD), HD DVD and Blu-ray!

I'm sure there will be Blu-ray players with multi-region standard DVD playback.
 
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Theres also an interesting debate on this subject in the news section.
 

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[quote user="PiperUK"]

Theres also an interesting debate on this subject in the news section.

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Indeed there is, as you can read here and here. In my experience, the more PR companies protest it's "business as usual", the more interesting things get...
 

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