We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Official: Toshiba to launch Blu-ray Disc players, laptops

HD-DVD backer to join Blu-ray Disc Association

Toshiba today confirmed rumours that it is planning to launch Blu-ray players and laptops with support for Blu-ray Disc later this year (see: Rumour: Toshiba to launch Blu-ray player?).

Toshiba was the primary backer of the HD DVD optical-disc format that had been battling Blu-ray Disc until last year.

In a brief statement Toshiba said it had applied for membership for the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), the standards setting and licensing body behind the format and would launch products before the end of 2009.

"In light of recent growth in digital devices supporting the Blu-ray format, combined with market demand from consumers and retailers alike, Toshiba has decided to join the BDA," it said.

After spending a fortune trying to prop up HD-DVD as the high-definition disc format of the future, Toshiba initially said it would concentrate its resources on existing DVD technology.

According to reports, the 'Toshiba BD-18' will be on sale in Japan in time for Christmas.

Home-entertainment product reviews


IDG UK Sites

Samsung Galaxy S6 launch as it happened: Galaxy S6 launch video and live blog - watch again as...

IDG UK Sites

5 things we hate about MWC: What it's like to be a journalist at a technology trade show

IDG UK Sites

Interview: Lauren Currie aims to help design students bridge skills gap

IDG UK Sites

12in Retina MacBook Air release date rumours: new MacBook Air to have fingerprint ID, could launch...