Toshiba HD DVD players start selling

Posted on Friday, March 31 2006 @ 22:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Forbes reports Toshiba has launched its HD-XA1 HD DVD player in Japan for about 110,000 yen ($935).
Two different types of HD DVD players, which promise cinematic quality images and new possibilities in interactive entertainment, will also gradually hit the US market in April.

Supporters of HD DVD format pushed by Toshiba and NEC are vying with the rival Blu-ray format, led by Matsushita and Sony.

'I cannot emphasize enough that our standard is better than Blu-ray,' Toshiba senior executive vice president Yoshihide Fujii said at a news conference to announce the launch.
Toshiba hopes to sell tens of thousands HD DVD players this year and 600,000-700,000 in the year to March 2007.

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