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Report: Toshiba to Launch Blu-ray Player

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We all remember the great format war that was HD DVD versus Blu-ray, and we all know how it turned out. However, it seems Toshiba could finally be about to concede defeat and release a Blu-ray player later this year.

Citing Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, PC World reports that, exactly a year and five months after Toshiba ended the HD format work, the Toshiba has confirmed plans to adopt the Blu-ray format.

With the integration of Blu-ray players in laptops, game consoles and HDTVs it's not exactly shocking to hear Toshiba plans to release a player of its own, especially when you consider the company's position as a top consumer electronics manufacturer. That said, it'll be interesting to see how the company handles the launch and what kind of player (or players) it comes out with.

What are your experiences with Toshiba electronics? Would you be tempted to buy a Blu-ray player manufactured by the company? Let us know in the comments below!

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    antilycus , July 20, 2009 7:50 PM
    the fact that blu-ray beat hd-dvd is a testiment to how stupid the human race is. HD-DVD was the same video quality and exact same codec. It required NO NEW HARDWARE and was insanely cheap to create. Blu-Ray cost 9billion USD per manufacturing machine to create. You could ONLY make blu-ray discs on it (hd-dvd allowed DVD as well and DVD allowed HD-DVD, no new costs). Then UNIVERSAL sold out the world and now that is why I prefer to steal everything
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    deuce271 , July 20, 2009 7:38 PM
    You know Sony made millions of VCRs after losing the last format war. Not surprising in the least. Toshiba makes quality equipment.
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    ricardok , July 20, 2009 6:48 PM
    The defeated company that swore that it wouldn't play the disk game after it lost it's battle against sony is back with a player (now, Blu-Ray player). Why? They just couldn't let it pass the need to make money..

    I'm ok with that as long as the Blu-Ray players are good, not just another simple player without Java and such.
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    captaincharisma , July 20, 2009 6:48 PM
    wow i guess hell has finally frozen over
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    deuce271 , July 20, 2009 7:38 PM
    You know Sony made millions of VCRs after losing the last format war. Not surprising in the least. Toshiba makes quality equipment.
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    antilycus , July 20, 2009 7:50 PM
    the fact that blu-ray beat hd-dvd is a testiment to how stupid the human race is. HD-DVD was the same video quality and exact same codec. It required NO NEW HARDWARE and was insanely cheap to create. Blu-Ray cost 9billion USD per manufacturing machine to create. You could ONLY make blu-ray discs on it (hd-dvd allowed DVD as well and DVD allowed HD-DVD, no new costs). Then UNIVERSAL sold out the world and now that is why I prefer to steal everything
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    tosvus , July 20, 2009 7:58 PM
    I hope they include support for HDDVD - I still have about 40 movies, and I'm nervous my current player will cr4p out at some point...
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    maximiza , July 20, 2009 8:09 PM
    Jodi Sally must be feeling it.
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    jerther , July 20, 2009 8:10 PM
    deuce271You know Sony made millions of VCRs after losing the last format war. Not surprising in the least. Toshiba makes quality equipment.

    yeah and Sony's VHS VCRs kicked ass.
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    arcainumbro , July 20, 2009 8:40 PM
    Actually, blu-ray is what the porn industry decided to support, the same as VHS, which is why it won.
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    arcainumbro , July 20, 2009 8:40 PM
    Actually, blu-ray is what the porn industry decided to support, the same as VHS, which is why it won.
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    tarheels_100 , July 20, 2009 10:12 PM
    arcainumbroActually, blu-ray is what the porn industry decided to support, the same as VHS, which is why it won.


    False. Porn industry actually sided with HD-DVD. The motivation? Same picture quality with less production cost.
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    megamanx00 , July 20, 2009 10:24 PM
    I hope they make them better than their HD-DVD units. I remember the demo units would crap out when they got too hot, but then the display they were in wasn't exactly well ventilated. I wonder what genius thought of that.

    As much as it must hurt Toshiba's pride, one could say it is inevitable. It may be too little too late though as blu-ray could very well fail in the end too. I think that as more people get computers and watch content online, on demand content could very well replace blu-ray. Of course, if we get metered internet then I guess it would be a different story.
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    ViPr , July 20, 2009 10:33 PM
    online movie downloads are not actually as good quality as blu-ray even if the resolution is exactly the same. correct?
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    Aintry , July 20, 2009 11:43 PM
    Antilycusthe fact that blu-ray beat hd-dvd is a testiment to how stupid the human race is. HD-DVD was the same video quality and exact same codec. It required NO NEW HARDWARE and was insanely cheap to create. Blu-Ray cost 9billion USD per manufacturing machine to create. You could ONLY make blu-ray discs on it (hd-dvd allowed DVD as well and DVD allowed HD-DVD, no new costs). Then UNIVERSAL sold out the world and now that is why I prefer to steal everything

    Speaking as a member of the human race, I guess the lesson here is that your opinion doesn't matter nearly so much as you think it should. Boo-hoo.
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    fogartini , July 21, 2009 1:03 AM
    Just make them finally affordable and I'll buy one
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    hannibal , July 21, 2009 9:34 AM
    Well this can actually mean cheaper BD-players. The more producers, the merrier customers!
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    captaincharisma , July 21, 2009 3:41 PM
    Quote:
    the fact that blu-ray beat hd-dvd is a testiment to how stupid the human race is. HD-DVD was the same video quality and exact same codec. It required NO NEW HARDWARE and was insanely cheap to create. Blu-Ray cost 9billion USD per manufacturing machine to create. You could ONLY make blu-ray discs on it (hd-dvd allowed DVD as well and DVD allowed HD-DVD, no new costs). Then UNIVERSAL sold out the world and now that is why I prefer to steal everything



    ummmm.... dude go read Wikipedia or something. DVD players never were able to play HD-DVD's. you would still have to buy new hardware!!!. and don't give me the BS about you would have to buy a bluray player now that HD-DVD is extinct because its not our fault that you bought a HD-DVD player in the middle of a format war.
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    Kithzaru , July 21, 2009 3:46 PM
    I'm right there with you Antilycus, HD was the way to go.

    Not sure about the whole "they won because of porn" i think it was more the buy off that Sony did with the WB company. Which (i believe) later the CEO said he regretted because they ended up loosing sales.

    Anyway, the question at hand, i have never had a problem with Toshiba, i own several of their products and non of them have failed me. They do tend to be a little more pricey than some other couter parts, but you are paying for quality.
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    bootleghooch , July 21, 2009 6:28 PM
    captaincharismaummmm.... dude go read Wikipedia or something. DVD players never were able to play HD-DVD's. you would still have to buy new hardware!!!. and don't give me the BS about you would have to buy a bluray player now that HD-DVD is extinct because its not our fault that you bought a HD-DVD player in the middle of a format war.


    Read a little more carefully, he was referring to manufacturing hardware, not playback hardware.