Bowing to reality, Toshiba is apparently going to delay the release of its HD-XA1 and HD-A1 (pictured) HD DVD players until at least next month, so that early buyers will actually have something to play on them. The players were originally meant to ship this month, but that timeline was jeopardized by Warner Home Video's announcement last week that its initial slate of HD DVD flicks wouldn't be out on March 28th as originally planned. Now, Toshiba says it plans to "synchronize the launch of our players with HD DVD title releases." Of course, if you've preordered one of the players and were hoping to use it as a very large and expensive paperweight, you're out of luck. For everyone else, the delay will give us one more excuse to wait a little longer for a dual-format player to hit the market.

HDTV Listings for March 23, 2006