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Honestly, we were taken aback when Toshiba released version 3.0 firmware for its launch HD DVD players two years after release, but that has been replaced by absolute shock, at a 4.0 software update for the long-dead format. The whole family can join in on this one, either via the player or downloa...

September 27th 2008 at 7:44pm 0 Comments
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All those still hanging onto your obsolete vintage first generation HD DVD players have a reason to plug in the network cable and turn them on one more time, as Toshiba has issued a version 3.0 firmware update for the HD-A1, HD-XA1 and HD-D1. Similar to an earlier update for the Xbox 360 HD DVD add...

May 8th 2008 at 2:01pm 0 Comments
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It's hard to believe it's actually over, but for more than two years we've followed what has come to be one of our favorite topics as Blu has faced Red in a battle to be the next physical home media format. In the end it came down to studio and consumer electronic industry support -- not to mention...

February 20th 2008 at 11:48am 0 Comments
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We've already seen these players get dolled up for their European release as the HD-E1 and HD-XE1, but now Toshiba is showing some love for North America with their new HD-A2 and HD-XA2 HD DVD players. No real surprises in this A1/XA2 followup, and not a whole lot of spec love. The main enhanceme...

September 14th 2006 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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HD DVD and Blu-ray players don't cost quite as much as they used to -- if you know where to look. Amazon and other retailers have recently slashed prices on Samsung's BD-P1000 Blu-ray player, as well as Toshiba's HD-A1 and HD-XA1 HD DVD players. VideoBusiness quotes a few smaller retailers as saying...

September 12th 2006 at 10:19am 0 Comments
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Yesterdays HD DVD vs Blu-ray title bout went great -- for HD DVD that is. HighDefDigest happened to host two more similar head-to-head comparisons yesterday that we thought you might want to take a look at. Interestingly enough, both of the other titles, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Rumor Has It, suffer...

August 2nd 2006 at 10:44am 0 Comments
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Being an early-adopter is risky business -- especially when the product in question costs $1,000 and is embroiled in a so-called format war -- so the opinions of experienced reviewers are key in helping folks to decide whether or not to take the Blu-ray plunge, and whether Samsung's BD-P1000 is the...

July 14th 2006 at 3:05pm 0 Comments
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NOTE: This is my opinion and is not necessarily the same of the rest of HD Beat. It has been three months since I last explained why HD DVD will ultimately win this current format war. HD DVD is off to a decent start except for that early firmware update. Blu-ray is off and running, but seems to be...

July 11th 2006 at 11:46am 0 Comments
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Even though HD DVD burners are still off in the distance, you can make a DVD that will play back 720p or 1080i content on your HD-A1 or HD-XA1 with your existing DVD-Rs. The guys over at AVSForum have been working on this since the the Toshiba HD-A1 player launched, and they've pretty much got it do...

July 3rd 2006 at 11:29am 0 Comments
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We've long wondered how Toshiba's able to price its HD-A1 HD DVD player at $500 while the Blu-ray camp will be charging $1,000 and up for their next-gen machines, and now the eggheads over at iSuppli are claiming to have the answer. After furiously running all the numbers through their high-tech ca...

June 23rd 2006 at 12:57pm 0 Comments