Toshiba declares itself defeated
Toshiba today accepted defeat in the battle for a high-definition DVD replacement. It will logically soon follow that Paramount, Universal and Dreamworks will switch to Blu-ray.
Thank you HD-DVD for your security blanket in your combo discs, and for the economical price of your players and discs. My DVDs look great upscaled in your drive and while you live, the HD-DVD side will look even better. Thank you for being region-free.
Unfortunately, that price fixing practice called regional encoding will now continue thanks to Sony and the blu-ray format. There are less regions, but there are regions all the same. Here's to hoping there'll be a region crack soon, or that governments will follow the lead of other countries and make it illegal to sell region locked players. In the meantime, there's the wonderful DVD format, continuing to be king, with its ease of use, compatibility and everything else. Thank you DVD for being so easy to backup to my computer, and for upscaling so beautifully in my cheap HD-DVD player.
Goodbye HD-DVD. At least you'll live 'till you die.
Hello Blu-ray. I will sing your praises when you finalize your format and stop producing obsolete players. I will also sing your praises once somebody cracks your regional encoding. Then we will be best friends.