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Toshiba will hold back launch of UK HD-DVD

Written by Dave Horvath @ 15 Nov 2006 5:16 User comments (4)

Toshiba will hold back launch of UK HD-DVD Originally scheduled for its UK release this month, Toshiba's HD-E1 and HD-XE1 HD DVD players have been pushed back a month to take care of what is called a "minor reliability issue".
Toshiba had inked a deal with a third party hardware supplier for a few internal components and their testing revealed that these players were not as reliable as they would like. Instead of releasing a bad product to the general public, they've decided to hold off on shipping the units until they can fix the hardware problem.

The HD-E1 was scheduled for this month with the HD-XE1 to come out around christmas time, however both have been pushed back with the HD-E1 being now slated for christmas while the HD-XE1 will hit UK shelves in January 2007.

Of the problem with the players, Toshiba had this to say. "During final production testing of the HD-E1 model HD DVD player this month, Toshiba engineers have identified a minor reliability issue with an outsourced LSI component. This component is being replaced before the HD-E1 is released to consumers."

Specs for the units have not changed however. The HD-E1 boasts playback of pre-recorded HD-DVD, DVD and CD media in 720p and 1080i while the HD-XE1 ups the ante to 1080p and circuitry that converts resolution to 1080p, but not picture quality. The lesser unit sees an HDMI 1.2 port while the latter recieves 1.3 HDMI support.

The HD-E1 will go on sale for 599. The HD-EX1 will retail for around 899.

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4 user comments

115.11.2006 18:24

maybe because they are subbing to much work outside Toshiba that they are having so many..."glitch's"?

216.11.2006 12:33

outsourcing and subcontracting is how the world works today. it's also a good way of "passing the buck" if something goes wrong and whether we prefer the idea of HD-DVD or Blu-ray, i think most of us will agree that these first generation players are going to give nothing but headaches until the technology improves and the price comes down. they will be full of "glitches"

316.11.2006 12:51

domie nothing like selling with a 30-50% return rate...its not our fault we'er doing it on the cheap >< *L*

418.11.2006 5:41

They're still ahead of (the original) schedule.

Gen 2 wasn't supposed to appear originally until may 2007.

Still, it creates a nice bit of 'space' for that excellent baragin, the 130/$200 US XBox 360 HD-DVD player
(which, btw, will connect directly to a decent PC and work with a suitable driver/HDCP graphics card/TV/Monitor and does not even require the XBox 360 to act as a 'base unit')

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