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Toshiba details U.S. launch of HD DVD players

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 05 Jan 2006 17:21 User comments (12)

Toshiba details U.S. launch of HD DVD players Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. ("Toshiba") has unveiled the details of its line-up of HD DVD players for the U.S. market. The two players, HD-XA1 and HD-A1 will cost $799 and $499 respectively and will be available in March 2006. Toshiba has originally priced players at $1,000 before the launch was delayed. The company said both players will take full advantage of the capabilities of the HD DVD format. Of course, both players will connect to TV sets using HDMI.
"As a leader in home entertainment and a pioneer in DVD technology, we are very excited to introduce our first HD DVD players for U.S. consumers," said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Toshiba America Consumer Products Digital A/V Group. "With the support of some of the hottest films, we can confidently say that Toshiba's HD DVD players will come to market with important industry backing in time to meet the HDTV transition."

Both players have backward compatibility so owners can still enjoy their DVD and CD collections. DVDs can also be upconverted to output resolution of 720p or 1080i which is useful if you own a good HDTV. They support the video compression standards of MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1, as well as MPEG2, both models will utilize a new video decoder chip developed by Broadcom.

The mandatory audio formats for HD DVD include both lossy and lossless formats from Dolby Labs and DTS. Both models feature built-in multi-channel decoders for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD (2 channel), DTS and DTS-HD. For more information on the players, see the Toshiba Press Release (Source).


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12 user comments

15.1.2006 18:02

sounds cool, but I don't think that I will get one for a while I don't think I could fork out $799 or $499 anytime soon.

25.1.2006 19:45

$500? sign me in,can`t wait till march.

36.1.2006 2:11

its says mpeg4 and mpeg 2 does that mean DivX and XviD are playable----just wondering but HDTV is the new way

47.1.2006 15:30

Well i'm not getting this. I mean some people don't even have a dvd player yet.

59.1.2006 4:02

its to high $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

69.1.2006 7:52

For once in my life I think I am gonna wait and not be the first kid on the block to have the new toy! Let's see how long it will take for the price to DROP DOWN. I am so tired of buying right off the bat and watching the price drop in six months or so. Miata

79.1.2006 15:52

I'll take 3 please!

89.1.2006 16:57

Hmm, money bags! LOL

99.1.2006 17:00

Nah , Just want to put the other 2 on Ebay for 2,000 :P ...P.S... Kidding :)

1010.1.2006 2:30

its says mpeg4 and mpeg 2 does that mean DivX and XviD are playable----just wondering but HDTV is the new way

1110.1.2006 4:23

Mpeg 2 is DVD , Mpeg 4 is that Nero Video

1210.1.2006 4:47

mikey_ray it should . MPEG-4 is one of the latest (audio and video) compression method standardized by MPEG group, designed specially for low-bandwidth (less than 1.5MBit/sec bitrate) video/audio encoding purposes. Probably the best-known MPEG-4 video encoders are called DivX and XviD, which both are nowadays fully standard-compliant MPEG-4 encoders. :)

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