HD DVD Group Cancels CES Press Conference, 1:1 Meetings

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328w ago - The news just continues to sour for the HD DVD camp. Earlier today, Warner Bros. decided to go Blu-ray exclusive by the end of May 2008. Warner Bros. executives backed their decision by saying that the move was beneficial for consumers.

"A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry," stated Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group President Kevin Tsujihara.

Toshiba, clearly stunned by the announcement, issued a press release of its own stating its disappointment with the decisions by Warner Bros.

"We will assess the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and valuate potential next steps," said Toshiba in a statement. "We remain firm in our belief that HD DVD is the format best suited to the wants and needs of the consumer."

It looks as though the fallout from the Warner Bros. move is coming fast and furiously. The DailyTech inbox was just moments ago greeted with the following message from a Toshiba representative regarding CES press meetings and the scheduled HD DVD press conference:

Based on the timing...
 

Toshiba surprised by WB's decision to abandon HD DVD

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328w ago - Toshiba has released a statement which indicates that it is surprised by WB's decision to abandon the HD DVD format and go exclusively Blu-ray.

There seems to be 'sour grapes' involved as Toshiba draw on the fact there are various contracts in place regarding the support of HD DVD And the two companies worked closely to standardize the DVD format and shape HD DVD as its successor.

TOSHIBA'S STATEMENT:

Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner Bros.' decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning the support of HD DVD. As central members of the DVD Forum, we have long maintained a close partnership with Warner Bros. We worked closely together to help standardize the first-generation DVD format as well as to define and shape HD DVD as its next-generation successor.

We were particularly disappointed that this decision was Made in spite of the significant momentum HD DVD has gained in the US market as well as other regions in 2007. HD DVD players and PCs have outsold Blu-ray in the US market in 2007.

We will assess the potential impact of this announcement with the other HD DVD partner companies and evaluate potential next steps. We remain firm in our belief that HD DVD is the format...
 

Beware of the fake PS3 HDD ISO Loader

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328w ago - Update: It now appears the auction was pulled, go figure The page currently shows only, "This listing (250201066945) has been removed or is no longer available."

Our attention has been brought to an auction which is promoting what is undoubtedly a fake PS3 HDD ISO loader.

The seller in this claims that you just install the software and from there on in play your games directly from the HD on the PS3... obviously this is fake, but it makes a nice laugh for the day.
 

Intel points the way toward wireless HD standard

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329w ago - In the run up to CES 2008 in Las Vegas, Intel, LG Electronics, Matsushita Electric, NEC, Samsung, Sibeam, Sony and Toshiba have announced the completion of a joint wireless specification for high-definition baseband video transmission, known as WirelessHD.

WirelessHD is a wireless high definition digital interface standard operating in the unlicensed and globally available 60GHz frequency band for consumer applications. It is expected to be used for televisions, HD disc players, set-top boxes and gaming consoles.

It is based on a 4Gbit/s wireless digital interface with secure content protection technology. The specification also includes provisions for universal remote control of all WirelessHD compliant devices.

With its specification for content protection, the Motion Picture Association of America will work with the group of companies to protect film copyrights during wireless in-room transmission.

€It is imperative to foster a secure environment that protects this high-value content from rampant theft and illegal redistribution. WirelessHD has worked closely with us in meeting these critical goals, and we are encouraged by WirelessHD€s commitment to foster content protection in the wireless, digital age,€ said Jim Williams, senior v-p and chief technology officer for...
 

Wipeout HD: 1080p, 60fps and jaw-droppingly gorgeous

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330w ago - Did you hear that thud? That's the sound of our jaws accelerating to the floor, smashing into a million tiny pieces. New images of Wipeout HD have surfaced at PlayFrance, and they look absolutely stunning.

What makes this more impressive is that all of these images will be running in full 1080p HD resolution, and at a silky smooth 60fps. That's almost unheard of in this generation of games. Imagine how exhilarating it will be to race these stunning tracks with Wipeout's trademark sense of speed.

The French interview also reveals a few other interesting tidbits. Development of the game started less than a year ago, with a team of only six people. The team has grown to about 30 people now, with 3 of them having worked on the original PS1 Wipeout so many years ago. Although the game is just an HD version of the PSP games, the reworked textures and graphics will make it feel like a completely different experience. Also, expect licensed music from Kraftwerk, Mason, DJ Fresh and Stanton Warriors to return -- this time in glorious 5.1 surround sound. We can't wait for more.

More screenshots can be seen here!
 











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