We don't even really know how to approach this one, but we all well remember the talks
that went down
between Toshiba and Sony
(et. al.) before Blu-ray and HD DVD hit the market; they were going to truce, they were going to unify, it was going to be more like DVD
, less like Betamax and VHS. And, of course, we all know
how that went. And no matter how many times we think talks might still be in the cards, they get shut down for one reason or another, bitter rivals to the end
. Except when one of the most powerful men in the Japanese electronics business, Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida, tells investors "We have not given up on a unified format. We would like to seek ways for unifying the standards if opportunities arise." Oh sure, we could take that at face value and all, but it sure does go a long way to assuage stockholders' fears that a format war might yet render Toshiba's technically inferior HD DVD format obsolete and useless, telling them that a unified high definition video format might still be in the cards. Call us pessimists, but we'd love nothing more than for these guys to prove us wrong.