Toshiba slams Blu-ray/ HD DVD convergence claims.

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    Toshiba slams Blu-ray/ HD DVD convergence claims
    By Tony Smith (tony.smith at theregister.co.uk)
    Published Tuesday 10th May 2005 11:18 GMT

    Claims that moves to unify the two key competing HD video disc formats
    are progressing to a successful conclusion are "unfounded and
    erroneous", Toshiba said today.

    Toshiba is pushing HD DVD. Sony is promoting Blu-ray Disc (BD). Both
    formats use blue laser light to increase the capacity of a DVD-sized
    optical disc sufficiently to allow it to hold HD movie content. BD has
    the edge in capacity - 25GB per layer, to HD DVD's 15GB - but is
    harder to make and is potentially less resistant to damage. Both camps
    have won big-name backers from the movie, storage and computing
    markets.

    This is a recipe for commercial disaster, as the two formats battle it
    out for consumers' hearts, minds and wallets. Generally, consumers are
    unwilling to make a choice until there's a clear winner - the last
    thing anyone wants is to be lumbered with a moribund format.

    No wonder, then, that Sony revealed
    (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/13/sony_blu-ray_hd-dvd_talks/)
    last month it was open to discussing how the two formats might be
    aligned. Soon after, Toshiba said it was indeed talking to the BD camp
    about such matters, a fact it re-iterated today.

    "We are actively participating in talks towards format unification,"
    it said in statement released this morning.

    "At this point, however, nothing has been decided, and absolutely no
    decision has been made for unification on any basis," it added
    ominously. "The indication that a unification agreement on the basis
    of a 0.1mm disc system is imminent is unfounded and erroneous. Given
    this, Toshiba does not intend to make any proposal on unification to
    the members of the HD DVD Promotion Group."

    Toshiba said it would continue with the discussions; but we wonder if
    talk are simply an attempt by each camp to persuade the other to drop
    their favourite format. Certainly, representatives from both groups
    have in the past vociferously denied there is any way the two formats
    might be physically integrated. Any union between the two is therefore
    likely to centre on implementing format A's file structure on format
    B's physical disc specification. Either way round, that means one or
    other disc must be ditched.

    As if to highlight the gulf between the BD and HD DVD, Toshiba also
    intends to present "a new higher capacity HD DVD-ROM disc" this week
    at Media-Tech Expo 2005 in Las Vegas.

    The BD Forum will also be at the show, to provide an update on its
    as-yet-incomplete format later today. ®






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