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Toshiba Delays Launch of HD DVD Players

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 29 Sep 2005 16:54:59 -0400

By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- In an apparent tactical retreat in the high-stakes
battle for the next generation of video discs, Toshiba Corp. has
delayed the U.S. launch of the first players supporting its HD DVD

Instead of being available late this year, the players will launch
next year, probably in the first quarter, said Toshiba spokeswoman
Jodi Sally.

That brings the launch of the HD DVD closer to the expected U.S.
debut of its main competitor, the Blu-ray disc, which is backed by
Sony Corp.

Sony's next-generation videogame console, the PlayStation 3, is
expected next spring and will read Blu-ray discs.

The HD DVD delay is due to marketing considerations, not manufacturing
problems, Sally said. The consortium behind the disc wants to avoid
repeating 1997's slow launch of the DVD, for which only a few titles
were initially available.

Studios and manufacturers also want more time to develop interactive
features like games, extra audio tracks and Internet tie-ins.


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