DVD Format Wars: Toshiba Surrenders

Hobbled by the defection of Time Warner, the Japanese electronics maker abandons its HD-DVD technology, leaving the field open for Sony's Blu-ray
Toshiba spokesperson Lori Leland gives a demonstration of HD DVD web capability at the Toshiba booth at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 7, 2008. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

There was an air of inevitability about Toshiba's decision to bow out of the next-generation DVD format war. On Feb. 19 Chief Executive Officer Atsutoshi Nishida finally said what analysts and industry executives had been predicting for weeks: Toshiba will stop making video players, recorders, and high-tech parts in the HD DVD format that the company had spent years developing and in which it had invested sizable sums to bring to market.

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