Not a Rumor: HD-DVD is Officially Dead

smasheddvd1.jpgFor weeks now, we’ve been seeing random reports claiming that HD-DVD was dead, but now it’s practically official. A source at Toshiba will soon be completely exiting the “next generation DVD business” completely, leaving Sony’s Blu-Ray format effectively free to take over the market. Toshiba has already initiated plans to halt production of HD-DVD players and recorders, which will cost them tens of billions of yen in losses. The source blamed HD-DVD’s failure on a weak marketing campaign and said the company has learned a lot from this format war.

I’d just like to say, thank you, Technology Jesus, for finally bringing an end to this nonsense. Now I just need to actually care enough to start even trying to build a Blu-Ray movie collection.

Via Reuters

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29 Comments on Not a Rumor: HD-DVD is Officially Dead


On February 16, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Um – it’s not exactly official when the “source” refuses to be named.

It’s like me saying as “source” close to you told me that you like wearing rubber underwear.

I don’t doubt that there’s validity to the rumours, but until there’s a press release from Toshiba and names of employees saying, “we’re dropping” it isn’t official. Don’t call it that.


On February 16, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Get over it HD DVD is dead. Reuters is reporting from its sources confirmation of what the Japanese media is reporting. Reuters sources are to be trusted a lot more than yours. Now we can finally get all movies on one High Def format. Transformers, Serenity I await you!


On February 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I don’t care about HD DVD or Blueray. Just don’t care….


On February 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Well, I’m glad I didn’t buy an HD-DVD player add on for my 360. I’ll have to wait for the Blu-Ray add on… btw, a real official word of the death of the HD-DVD probably will increase PS3 sales a lot


On February 16, 2008 at 4:27 pm

its sad hd dvd did not get the support it deserved!
but after getting stung once there is no way im gonna jump to blu ray.
maybe now toshiba will give all its customers an upgrade so we can at least play divx files.


On February 16, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Good. Now it means we won’t have anymore of this ridiculous to-ing and fro-ing and prices of Blu-ray might come down from ridiculous levels.

martial artist

On February 16, 2008 at 4:57 pm

I want to go do some kung fo on their ass. I have an hd dvd player! I recommend you pick up some fighting styles and learn to kick sonys ass for using politics instead of the market to pick the best tech.


On February 16, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Sony got screwed back in the VHS/Beta days because of politicking, why shouldn’t the pendulum swing their way now ? And before accusations of fanboyism surface, I still prefer the 360.


On February 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm

we all know you wish you were a Sony fanboy somewhat lol…


On February 16, 2008 at 6:25 pm

@ martial artist

You obviously dont have the faintest idea of what really happened. You should be annoyed at Toshiba for not siding with every other electronics manufacturer.

Sony do not own Blu-ray. It was developed by Pioneer and Sony and then released by the BDA which was 9 electronics company’s. Blu-Ray always had more manufacturer support and more studio support and since the launch of the PS3 it has sold far more disks. Sales of Blu-Ray standalone players worldwide were also greater than HD-DVD ones. Blu-Ray won because it is more popular, thats just plain simple fact. Its got nothing to do with ‘Sony using politics’. Blu-Ray was always going to win for the simple reasons that one of its biggest backers owns major Hollywood studios and is giving away players in its video games consoles.

Early adopters who whine when they get burned are total arseholes.
You chose the wrong format, grow up and deal with it.


On February 16, 2008 at 6:40 pm


A’men! I completely agree with you.

Also the reason why blu-ray was more popular was because of the amount of space on one disc, the standard HD-DVD size being 15GB while blu-ray is 25GB

Jedidiah Rose

On February 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm

@ Benq

HD DVD deserved all,Toshiba deserve to be screwed,Sony lost the betamax War and Super Audio CD war,and UMD’s never caught on.Three failed formats and they still got the balls and the money to contiue,to go on,to better every other electrics company out there.Microsoft will want some sort of Blu ray tech for the 360 now to keep it in competition with the PS3,but they’re ed too,it’s either send breezeblock with a red ring painted on it to fight the most advance piece of tech of last year,or pay Sony to fight Sony (Microsoft would have to pay to use the Blu ray tech for their 360,that means they’d essesntially be paying their enemy).The Beezeblock360 is a pathetic piece of ,Microsoft and Toshiba deserve each other,both fail to over Sony.By the end of the Year,Sony will have at least beat Microsoft in the Games devision.Maybe then after two losses,we won’t have to see the box game consoles anymore,Sony and Nintendo are the only ones that deserve to be in the games console war.

I am Sony “Fanboy”,Toshiba should really swallow their pride and make Blu Ray now,gots :twisted:


On February 16, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Can we have a spelling lesson…


not BlueRay or Blu-RAY or BluRay or Blu-Ray




On February 16, 2008 at 8:49 pm

And to be fair…

It isn’t HD-DVD it is HD DVD


On February 16, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Finally Hd-dvd is dead. I am getting my ps3 when dualshock3 comes out. I did expect the war end so soon. Well, ps3 seems like the tech future-proof after all.


On February 17, 2008 at 2:17 am

i am so ing glad hd dvd is dead,whats wrong with normal dvd,i dont see any better quality ,i bet no one else does,just another cheap way to get more money out of you,probably the same with blu ray


On February 17, 2008 at 4:57 am

Blu-ray movies are encoded the exact same way as HD-DVD only difference between them both is space.

Fats Million

On February 17, 2008 at 7:12 am

The day I say ‘Blu-Ray’ instead of ‘DVD’ is the day I am not looking forward to. If Blu-Ray is soon going to take over DVDs in general, at least give it a name that sounds good!


On February 17, 2008 at 9:24 am

Fianlly! After the Minidisc and UMD, sony did come up with a good format that has been embraced by the customers.

*Hugs PS3*


On February 17, 2008 at 11:51 am

It was Sony’s Playstation 2 that made DVD a standard format. Let’s thank them for it. Now it looks like history is repeating itself. Though, I almost never heard of HD-DVD in the media. Must have been REAL bad marketing on Toshiba’s side. Microsoft will never let their 360 have Blu-Ray capabilities, because with the predecessor they are loosing way too much money on their console. So perhaps an XBox 3000 will have Blu-Ray. I am still waiting for Nintendo to release a Wii with DVD capabilities from a rumor I heard of. So Blu-Ray is still a step in the future it seems…

Y2K (AKA Milenium bug)

On February 17, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Actually to all the Microsoft haters out there Microsoft has said before that they’re not opposed to making a Blu Ray drive for the 360, they just sided with HD DVD for the time being until all this was finally sorted


On February 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm

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On February 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Just to clear things up, whoever said Microsoft is screwed because of HD DVD’s failing is a total moron. In the long run, Blu-ray is just as screwed as HD DVD, because we will all just stream media on our home media servers (lol). Blu-ray also had duel layer disks which hold 50gb, and will support multi layer disks in the future (100-200gb)…Blu-ray’s name sucks, miserably.

I don’t own an Xbox360, or PS3. Nor do I own a HD DVD player or a Blu-ray player.


On February 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm

@ Anon

Blu-ray and HD-DVD are not the same apart from capacity. HD-DVD uses lossy audio while Blu-ray uses lossless.


On February 17, 2008 at 6:21 pm

MS went with hd-dvd is because of hd-dvd is using ms techologies, iHD and VC1. I think MS must put alot of $$$$$ to make sure hd-dvd win over blu-ray because blu-ray is MS free technologies. It’s only used Java. I think if MS talk to Sony from the beginning of integrate some of MS technologies. I don’t think Sony will reject them. One thing let to another, they become competitors. Oh well, we all know what is the outcome.

Jedidiah Rose

On February 18, 2008 at 9:07 am

So it seems that the general consensus of the argumanetafter my previous comment is that BD will never take over DVD.That was the same for DVD and VHS,but then it went to how filmswere advertised…
ON VHS and DVD now!….then….ON DVD and VHS now!….then…..On DVD now! and now…..On DVD and Blu Ray now!
Film companies will not endorse downloadable content as much as they would physical media (discs),as the discs bring them more money in the sales.Disney want to try to put on Blu ray and DVD now, and then phase out DVD.One day you will all be madeto buy Blu ray,because consumers have all to do with keeping previous formats alive,oh yeah sure you can argue as much asyou like and have a nig say in a format war,but not in this,the pahsing out of the previous format.
Have fun future Blu ray owners lol

Please piss me off at:
and my MSN

Have a great day^_^

Jedidiah Sony Rose


On February 18, 2008 at 11:32 am

I like pie….. :cool:


On February 24, 2008 at 11:25 am

HD DVD was dead before it was a live. Xbox 360 has no new next gen drive only DVD from the 90s . PLAYSTATION 3 is future it has everything you can dreamn about. Xbox 360 is gonna be the next Dreamcast…

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On March 2, 2008 at 5:32 am

I guess it was good foresight by Microsoft to not include a HD DVD drive in their Xbox 360. Imagine if the war had gone the other way and thousands of PS3 buyers were stuck with paying for obsolete technology.