Gartner: It’s Almost Over For HD DVD

It's Almost Over For HD DVDIt may not be over until the fat lady sings, but there’s a large woman standing on the stage and the band are already rocking to the Blu-ray theme tune.

Despite desperate price cuts by Toshiba on its HD DVD players in the U.S., research firm Gartner are going all Seven Of Nine and describing their resistance as futile, predicting Blu-ray’s dominance to be complete by the end of 2008 in the consumer market.
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Blu Ray DVD Format Rips Up The Japanese Sales Charts. HD DVD Sulks

Blu Ray DVD Format Rips Up The Japanese Sales Charts. HD DVD SulksIn the all-important Japanese market, the next-generation DVD Blu Ray format is not just kicking sand in the face of its rival HD-DVD platform – it’s taking it around the back of the bike sheds and giving a right pummeling.

Much like the famous VHS vs Betamax video cassette format wars of the late 1970s, both DVD formats are hitting the shops at the same time, although this time Sony’s Blu Ray is quickly emerging as the knockout winner.
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Samsung BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player Actually Released: IFA

Samsung BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player Actually Released: IFATwo years after Samsung first announced their intention to sell a dual fomat HD player that would play HD-DVD and Blu-ray – in the same unit.

As well as being the first dual format player, the BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player supports both formats interactive formats – DB Java and HDi.
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