I don’t know if this is news sensationalism or not, but things look grim for HD DVD. It seems that Toshiba’s statement, “Given the market developments in the past month, Toshiba will continue to study the market impact and the value proposition for consumers, particularly in light of our recent price reductions on all HD DVD players” has been taken to mean that it is considering killing support for the format.
I’ve been following the developments in my blog in the past, most recently on the HD DVD roller coaster ride and the declarations that the reports of HD-DVD’s demise are greatly exaggerated. I still don’t know whether, format-wise, Blu Ray or HD DVD is superior. But this is probably an academic question now. With everybody predicting doom and gloom for the format, the predictions are fast becoming self-fulfillling prophecies. Even if it were not true previously, it will be now, since everyone believes it. I suspect that a lot of people want it as well, if only to end the pesky format war that is depressing sales of the high definition videos.