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Toshiba orders HD DVD-RW from RITEK

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Jan 2008 0:14 User comments (13)

Toshiba orders HD DVD-RW from RITEK Toshiba Corp. has sent OEM orders for blank, re-writeable HD DVD media to one of Tawian's largest producers of blank optical discs, RITEK. DigiTimes cites Chinese-language publication Economic Daily News (EDN) in reporting that shipments of HD DVD-RW from RITEK for Toshiba will be begin early this year.
RITEK confirmed the Economic Daily News report but has not released any details on the order volume or its overall value. Last year, RITEK was responsible for 26.1% of the global output of blank HD DVD discs. Toshiba is set to bundle three HD DVD-RW discs with sales of its latest Qosmio series notebook PCs.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, RITEK showed off a disc that had HD DVD-R on one side and BD-R on the other, allowing you to record to both next-generation formats on a single disc. A high price for such a disc is to be expected but unfortunately RITEK did not shed any light on how much this disc would cost.

Aside from RITEK's dual disc, the company currently offers 2X dual-layer HD DVD writable discs and expects to offer 2X HD DVD-RW DL discs by Q2 2008. RITEK also offers 4X BD-R media.

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13 user comments

116.1.2008 3:31
nobrainer
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Whats the price of the media?

216.1.2008 9:50

A longer format war...

316.1.2008 10:54

This is precisly the move i've been saying HD-DVD should do, of course blu-ray will try to keep away from burners and media, and that will be the advantage for HD-DVD

there is hope for BIG backup media, i dont care that much for movies, but sure would love to make an HD-DVD of all the seasons of 1 show in dvd quality

416.1.2008 13:14

Originally posted by Gradical:
This is precisly the move i've been saying HD-DVD should do, of course blu-ray will try to keep away from burners and media, and that will be the advantage for HD-DVD

there is hope for BIG backup media, i dont care that much for movies, but sure would love to make an HD-DVD of all the seasons of 1 show in dvd quality
Does this mean you can burn 4 discs of 4.7 gb DVD movies to one HD DVD? How can you burn multiple VIDEO TS folders on one HD DVD, or would you need to convert them to HD DVD format?

Or even better, an HD DVD player with Xvid or Divx support.

516.1.2008 15:14
goodswipe
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Quote:
Or even better, an HD DVD player with Xvid or Divx support.


I agree, an HD-DVD player with these playback capabilities would be great.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Jan 2008 @ 15:15

616.1.2008 16:06
vinny13
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Too late..

716.1.2008 18:31

omg Ritek is garbage.

816.1.2008 20:15
hughjars
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Well whether the Blu-ray fans care to admit it or not HD DVD as a storage medium is set to grow strongly this year.

It is being strongly supported by all of the big laptop/notepad people (excepting Dell & Apple, so far.)

916.1.2008 21:27
vinny13
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Originally posted by hughjars:
Well whether the Blu-ray fans care to admit it or not HD DVD as a storage medium is set to grow strongly this year.

It is being strongly supported by all of the big laptop/notepad people (excepting Dell & Apple, so far.)
Toshiba.

That's all I can think of.

1017.1.2008 14:16

Originally posted by hughjars:
Well whether the Blu-ray fans care to admit it or not HD DVD as a storage medium is set to grow strongly this year.

http://www.economist.com/business/displa...ory_id=10498648

Quote:
It is possible that HD DVD will live on as a data-storage technology for computers, suggests Eiichi Katayama of Nomura, an investment bank. But as far as the living room is concerned, HD DVD now looks like the new Betamax.

For computer storage I still prefer my drobo:

http://www.drobo.com/

1117.1.2008 14:17
hughjars
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Well no surprises that you missed out Samsung, Asus, HP, Acer & Intel.

Like I said, add in Toshiba & that's every one of the big players excepting Dell & Apple (give them time).

:P

HD DVD will be around for a long time to come (as a video medium as well as storage)

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 17 Jan 2008 @ 14:29

1217.1.2008 16:59
vinny13
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Samsung makes Laptops with Blu-Ray players too lol :P

Same with Asus.

Acer is pure crap. Some bad times with those guys... They too make Laptops with Blu-Ray players.

HP also makes Laptops with Blu-Ray...

If they're all multi-format, where's the advantage? It's like a Where's Waldo book :P

Anyways they're all probably around $2000 right(I don't have time to check)? Who wants to pay that much for a laptop when you can get a fairly good one now for even $600 or less and then just buy a stand alone? And I don't know too many people that watch DVDs alone on their computers anyways. Me for example, I download most of mine these days and I'll burn them on a disc to watch on my TV or my friend's house or just watch it and delete it if it's not worth wasting a disc on. The only time I pop in a DVD movie is if I'm copying it(for back-up purposes of course) :P

Besides, I think you need at least a 20" screen and a good speaker system(2.1 or whatever) to enjoy a movie, especially for a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 17 Jan 2008 @ 17:08

1315.2.2008 17:10

I like the dual sided format discs. However waiting awhil for the burners to become a lil faster.

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