Both Intel and Microsoft yesterday announced their support for the next-generation HD DVD standard. Here's Toshiba's statement on the announcement:
Toshiba actively promotes HD DVD and serves as the chair of the DVD Forum, the industry organization that has defined the specifications of HD DVD as the next-generation DVD format.
This announcement of support by two of the key companies in the IT industry reflects the growing recognition of HD DVD as the ideal format for the IT industry in terms of superior scope, versatility and reliability -- essential factors that also apply to the consumer electronics industry. This endorsement underlines the excellent interoperability offered by HD DVD in respect of sustaining the digital convergence of consumer electronics and IT.
We are confident that Intel and Microsoft's endorsement of HD DVD, in addition to the support already expressed by major Hollywood studios, Japanese and international content holders and disc replicators, will add to the momentum of support that is powering acceptance of HD DVD as the format of choice for next generation HD applications.
The HD DVD format is the family of advanced optical discs defined by the DVD Forum, an international body with some 240 member companies, including major Hollywood studios and leaders from the CE and IT industries. Disc specifications approved by the Forum are arrived at as a result of open and extensive discussions and technical evaluations.
HD DVD features compatibility with current DVD, and to this adds advanced features, including cost-efficient manufacturing of discs and hardware, superior interactivity through the adoption of iHD software, and the ability to meet rapidly increasing consumer demand for high definition DVD content on large-sized flat panel TVs and PCs.
HD DVD also realizes Hollywood's most pressing concern: robust content protection -- essential for content holders -- thereby supporting healthy growth of the content industry.
Toshiba will continue to promote accelerated adoption of the HD DVD format and collaboration with interested companies.