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Toshiba quits HD DVD business, Blu-ray leads


Sony’s Blu-ray is emerging as the clear winner of the years-long format war over next-generation DVDs. Toshiba announced that it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders.

HD-DVD and Blu-ray both deliver crisp, clear high-definition video and sound, but are incompatible with each other. There are expensive players that play both formats.

Consumers who already own HD-DVD players won’t be able to buy new movies in Blu-ray format.

Blu-ray is gaining momentum around the world. It is clear that support for HD-DVD format eroding quickly.

  • Wal-Mart, announced that it would stop selling HD DVD discs and machines in June.
  • Best Buy — largest electronics retailer, Target Corp. and Blockbuster each announced that they would be backing Blu-Ray.
  • 5 major Hollywood movie studios lining up behind the Blu-ray too.
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