Sony shares rise on HD-DVD death

According to this, Sony’s shares rose up to 5 percent on the NYSE this morning on the news that Toshiba has pulled out of the next gen movie disc race. “We believe Blu-ray’s victory could drive market share gains for the PS3, as we believe consumers will now be more willing to pay up (versus […]

HD-DVD headlines

  • HD-DVD demise will cause PS3 sales boost, say analysts

    According to this, this morning’s HD-DVD cancellation is likely to push PS3 sales up 10 percent in the short-term and lay the way clear for a heavy increase in sales this holiday, as predicted by videogaming247. “Longer term, I think it’s a huge boon for Sony, as most retail clerks will be instructed to push […]

  • Toshiba announces discontinuation of HD-DVD businesses

    As predicted, Toshiba’s confirmed a “discontinuation” of its HD-DVD businesses. In a statement, the company said: 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 […]

  • HD-DVD press conference at 8am GMT today

    According to this, Toshiba is about to hold a press conference detailing the fate of HD-DVD, as reported by Nikkei. Don’t blame us if we’ve got the time wrong. It’s 6.30am and there’s no coffee in the house. As reported yesterday, Toshiba is expected to announce a complete withdrawal from the next gen disc business. […]

  • Toshiba to announce HD-DVD death tomorrow: Nikkei

    Please, let it end. According to this, the Nikkei is now reporting that Toshiba president Atsutoshi Nishida will be announcing the final discontinuation of HD DVD tomorrow, as well as halted sales of hardware and media by March. Like, within two weeks. According to that Engadget report, Toshiba is planning to just pull all HD-DVD-related […]

  • US PS3 sales accelerate on news of HD-DVD demise

    According to this, sales of the 40Gb PS3 SKU have risen 60 percent in Amazon.com since news emerged over the weekend that Toshiba is about to pull out of the next gen disc race. The rise left the machine “ranked in the No. 10 position in the videogames division,” said the report. In other HD-DVD […]

  • Microsoft on HD-DVD collapse: "Games sell consoles"

    Microsoft has issued a statement on the impending announcement on the fate of HD-DVD from Toshiba, saying that the company’s withdrawal from the next gen disc space won’t have “any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace” adding that “it is games that sell consoles.” “We will wait until […]

  • Toshiba blanks HD-DVD death reports as shares surge on the news

    Toshiba has issued a statement saying that the fat lady hasn’t sung quite yet on HD-DVD, despite reports from both NHK and Reuters to the contrary. “The media reported that Toshiba will discontinue its HD-DVD business,” said a spokesperson. “Toshiba has not made any announcement concerning this. Although Toshiba is currently assessing its business strategies, […]

  • Heavy price-cutting on US Blu-ray movies as news of HD-DVD back-out spreads

    While Toshiba is yet to make a formal announcement on the state of its beleaguered HD-DVD format – following weekend reports that the company is to cancel the disc brand completely – US retailers are already slashing Blu-ray disc prices and some have dropped HD-DVD from their President’s Day advertising. According to this, Circuit City […]

  • Toshiba HD-DVD decision expected on Tuesday

    According to this, a final decision on the fate of HD-DVD may come from Toshiba as soon as Tuesday. “A company official, speaking on condition of anonymity as she is not authorized to speak on the matter, said a board meeting could be held as soon as Tuesday, where a decision is likely,” said the […]

  • That was the news – Week 7, 2008: Death of HD-DVD leaves way open for explosive PS3 sales in late 2008

    Hindsight’s a beautiful thing. We all said CES was terrible for gaming this year, and we were right in part. Microsoft decided to stay away, not even showing Xbox 360 on its stand, and PS3 was virtually non-existent. One of the big stories of the show, however is likely to have a huge impact on […]

  • Wal-Mart drops HD-DVD

    Surely this means the end? Wal-Mart is to completely drop HD-DVD players and movies by June. You can’t get much more final than that. The company officially announced its intentions today, saying, “By June Wal-Mart will only be carrying Blu-ray movies and hardware machines, and of course standard-def movies, DVD players, and up-convert players.” If […]

  • UK retailer Woolworths drops HD-DVD

    Another nail for HD-DVD’s already groaning coffin arrives in news that major UK high street retailer Woolworths has dropped the format following slow Christmas sales. Blu-ray will be the only HD disc format now stocked in the store. “Sales figures clearly show that the market is moving towards one format of high definition DVD,” said […]