Toshiba issued an advisory
this morning, stating that the Japanese launch of HD-DVD will be
delayed, probably into 2006 while they work out unspecified issues with
the AACS copy protection. They claim to their high definition DVD format is still on track for a spring
launch in the United States which potentially could put them head to
head with the Blu-ray launch which is still slated for Spring as well.
certainly, especially since we don't know what those issues are, and
Toshiba doesn't have anything in regards to a timetable as to when they
will launch, just "before the US launch". However I'm not entirely
surprised, especially as DRM becomes more and more complex we may see
more things like this. I know Blu-ray says it has the ability to
upgrade content protection over the Internet if necessary, but I don't
think HD-DVD does, could that be a factor in the delay?