[opendtv] News: Toshiba to delay HD DVD player launch

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Toshiba to delay HD DVD player launch

Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:18 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp. said on Tuesday it will delay 
the year-end Japan launch of its next-generation HD DVD players to 
address copy protection issues, potentially undermining its advantage 
as the first supplier to put such machines on the market.

The Japanese company had said in September the domestic launch might 
be postponed until after December. A spokesman for Toshiba said it 
would continue to push for a U.S. launch in the first quarter of 
2006, most likely some time between February and March.

Toshiba said in a statement it would not launch the products until 
the last details on copy protection management systems, called AACS, 
or advanced access content system, were finalized.

"I cannot say when the AACS issues will be resolved," the spokeswoman 
said. "But it's hard to think the launch in Japan will come after the 
U.S. launch."

Toshiba and Sony Corp., leading rival camps, have waged a three-year 
battle to have their different standards adopted for the new DVDs, 
which promise much greater capacity for high-definition movies. 
Toshiba, along with NEC Corp.  and Sanyo Electric Co. , has been 
promoting HD DVD, while Sony and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., 
the maker of Panasonic brand products, have been developing a 
technology known as Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray DVD group said in November it planned to roll out a 
high-definition disc format in spring 2006, and that members of the 
consortium led by Sony would unveil specific launch plans at the 
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
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