Toshiba to delay HD DVD player launch

By Dave

The next generation of DVD players are going to have a rough competition on their hands and many people are leaning towards Blu-Ray as the winner, and now Cnet reports that HD DVD might be delayed due to copy protection issues.

Toshiba said on Tuesday it will delay the year-end Japan launch of its next-generation HD DVD players to address copy protection issues, potentially undermining its advantage as the first supplier to put such machines on the market.

The Japanese company had said in September the domestic launch might be postponed until after December. A spokesman for Toshiba said it would continue to push for a U.S. launch in the first quarter of 2006, most likely some time between February and March.

Will this kill HD DVD’s chance at being the next format? Or will you just wait until Holographic Versatile Discs come out before replacing your regular DVD drive?

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