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Sony-Backed Blu-ray Wins: Will Sony's PS3 Follow Suit?

341w ago - After the victory of Blu-ray format over HD DVD (Toshiba announced yesterday that they would halt production of HD DVD players and recorders, and would stop shipping to retailers by the end of March), will the PLAYSTATION 3 follow suit?

Is it possible that, although the PLAYSTATION 3 has started more slowly than the other consoles, that it will pick up momentum, and ultimately win the console wars?

After the fall of HD DVD, backed by Microsoft, and the lack of DVD support in the Wii (and no high definition support, either), it's understandable that consumers will want the most affordable player for the next generation of video (Blu-ray). Because of the fact that the PLAYSTATION 3 console is cheaper than the vast majority of current Blu-ray players, and that the PLAYSTATION 3 will continue to fall in price in comparison, it is the most viable option for those wishing to watch movies in high definition.

Not only is the PLAYSTATION 3 now one of the cheapest players on the market for the only next generation video format, it also has a stockpile of highly anticipated games coming out for it in 2008. Games like Metal Gear Solid 4, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Killzone 2 are games that will push the PLAYSTATION 3 over the edge, and give it a year as good as or better than Xbox...

How the format war was won - Sony outspent, outsold Toshiba

341w ago - Sony's victory in the high-definition format war is a badly needed win for the Japanese electronics giant, after a series of humiliating failures that have left control of the music market with Apple. The question that Sony has yet to answer, however, is whether the price paid to see off Toshiba - at least $3 billion (£1.54 billion) - was worth it.

Blu-ray is more expensive to manufacture than Toshiba's HD-DVD player. Toshiba players are on sale for as little as £149.99 this year, £120 less than the cheapest Blu-ray. Although some of that discounting reflected a last throw of the dice from Toshiba, for the moment consumers have been saddled with a more expensive format and Sony's losses to make up.

The only way for Sony to distribute Blu-ray in large quantities was to build the technology into the PlayStation 3 and sell the games console at a discount. Sony's console division ran up a $1.97 billion deficit in the year to March 31 last year, which it followed with a $991 million loss in the first three quarters of the current year. Yet the true costs of Blu-ray are probably much greater: early research and development expenses have not been included.

Analysts believe, however, that Sony will recoup its $3billion-plus investment eventually. Richard Hooper, an analyst with Screen Digest,...

Microsoft throws one last middle finger to Blu-ray!

341w ago - Microsoft is about to mess up the HD format war one last time just for fun. Despite HD DVD officially being dead, the news we have is still going to tick off the Blu ray camp.

We've just learned from several different retailers that starting within the next week, the HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be available for $49.99. We don't have the exact date, but we do know that the EXTREME price cut will take place within seven days.

Why should this concern the Blu ray camp? Casual consumers likely still don't even know the war is over. The casual consumer is like a Vietnamese soldier hidden in a spider hole somewhere. They're cut off from info and are still waiting to attack despite a cease fire being called.

What can happen from this? People buy the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on and realize that the up-scaling of regular DVDs adds new life. Then the next-gen format war turns into old verse new instead of new versus new.

As I'm writing this and clearly know that HD DVD is dead, I can hardly wait to go buy a player for 50 bucks. Imagine what the ill-informed will do when they see these prices in stores.

Now is it Microsoft's intent to mess up the format war one last time? Probably not. They just want to recoup a little money (at a loss) while they can. The fact that...

Microsoft prepping proxy fight for Yahoo bid

341w ago - Microsoft is stepping up the pressure on Yahoo to accept its $44.6 billion bid. The software giant is reportedly preparing for a proxy fight after deciding not to raise its initial offer, a move that comes one day after Microsoft chairman Bill Gates told the AP that he believed his company's offer was "fair."

Since Yahoo officially spurned its overtures, speculation has arisen that Microsoft would launch a proxy battle for control of Yahoo's board. That's about to happen, according to The New York Times' DealBook blog. Microsoft is reportedly lining up candidates for Yahoo's board of directors and will attempt to gain the support of institutional investors and other large shareholders amenable to its plans.

Yahoo has made it clear that it's not interested in Microsoft's attention–at least not at the $31-per-share price tag. If Microsoft were to up its offer to the neighborhood of $40 per share, or around $55 billion, Yahoo's board would be willing to entertain an acquisition. As it stands, Yahoo says Microsoft's offer "substantially undervalues" the company's "global brand, large worldwide audience," and future growth prospects.

Yahoo has the typical "poison pill" in its bylaws, one which it enacted in 2001. Under its provisions, should a single investor acquires 15 percent or more of Yahoo's...

Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses

341w ago - Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.

HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.

"We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called 'next-generation format war' and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop," said Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation. "While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality."

Toshiba will continue to lead innovation, in a wide range of technologies that will drive mass market access to high definition...
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