One thought is that Toshiba is just floating this in an attempt to slow possible Blu-ray early adopters, who might be slower to spend $1000+ if they're unsure a compromise could be coming soon, but that would probably hurt the sales of Toshiba's HD-A1 just as much, if not more. The statement was made by company president Atsutoshi Nishida at an annual shareholder meeting, interestingly timed just after Sony CEO Howard Stringer remarked on his companies "high-risk" strategy for PS3 & Blu-ray victory. Stringer kept up the company line, referring to their competitor as a transitional product, and Blu-ray the future-proof standard for years to come.
Whatever the case may be, from here it certainly seems like Toshiba is looking for a ship that has sailed. This close to their Playstation 3 launch Sony would be giving up their primary advantage by unifying, or risk further delaying the system to add compatibility. While HDTV owners can certainly see that a format war is stupid, will slow growth and adoption of both, and cost everyone more money, if the two sides couldn't figure things out when they were negotiating last year there is little reason to believe they will now.
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