HD DVD Goes On Tour
NEW YORK 2/22/06 -- Hoping to win the hearts and minds of consumers who are generally unaware of high definition DVD formats, Toshiba is embarking on a forty-city tour to promote its format, HD DVD, a competitor to the Blu-ray disc format being championed by Sony and others.
In New York the company set the stage today at a regional retail chain, P.C. Richards, who began taking pre-orders today for either of Toshiba's two HD DVD players. The products have been promised to ship by the end of March. The players (the HD-XA1 and the HD-A1) are priced at $799 and $499, the more expensive model offering a networking capability.
The benefits of HD DVD (and Blu-ray, for that matter) are pretty clear. With the ability to carry 1920x1080 resolution content and advanced menu navigation that makes DVD menus look like yesterday's news, the high def formats are great. But one looming problem is throwing a large wrench in the works--compatibility.